Horry test takers have year to finish for high school credential

vgrooms@thesunnews.comJanuary 4, 2013 

Students who have taken the 2002 Series General Educational Development test, or GED, but have not completed all five parts, have until the end of this year to finish the test for their high school credential, or they will have to repeat the process with the new 2014 GED test, which will debut Jan. 2, 2014, according to Horry County Schools Adult Education.

“The GED test opens doors to college, better jobs, the respect adults deserve and the satisfaction of earning a high school credential,” said Virginia Simmons, director of Horry County Schools Adult and Community Education. “To ensure students are able to complete any tests they may have started — and avoid having to begin anew — we want everyone to be aware of the deadline. GED test-takers must act now to finish and pass before the current test expires.”

Students interested in earning their GED may register and enroll with Adult Education starting Monday. Registration for all classes begins at 8 a.m. at both the Conway Education Center and the Myrtle Beach Family Learning Center. The 12-hour registration and intake process, spread out over three consecutive days, accurately assesses students’ academic needs and introduces students to the various Adult Education programs and services. During assessment and orientation, students will take the Tests of Adult Basic Education, receive a computer literacy evaluation, learn about post-secondary career and college options, and begin working toward a portable skills credential.

Classes are open to any person age 17 or older who has officially withdrawn from school. Classes are held Monday through Friday, and students may select from flexible time slots to accommodate their individual schedules. Registration and intake testing is $25, and the GED preparation course is $25.

The GED test is an alternate way for an adult to receive a high school credential. The eight-hour test covers competencies in five subject areas: Mathematics; Language Arts, Writing; Social Studies; Science; and Language Arts, Reading. Each Adult Education center provides screening and practice tests, as well as individualized courses of study, for students interested in taking the GED test.

For more information and to register, visit www.edtheturtle.com or call the Adult Education office at 843-488-6200. For general information about completing the 2002 Series GED, visit www.finishtheGED.com.

Contact VICKI GROOMS at 443-2401 or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_VickiGrooms.

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