MYRTLE BEACH — A partnership between state education and workforce agencies is allowing Horry County Schools Adult Education to provide qualified students with no-cost General Educational Development testing, according to a news release from Adult Education.
Adult Education students can take the computer-based GED test for free at either the Myrtle Beach Family Learning Center, 3101 N. Oak St., or the Conway Education Center, 1620 Sherwood Drive. The S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce awarded the S.C. Department of Education a $100,000 grant to support the free testing and strengthen the state’s workforce.
Students interested in preparing for the GED tests may register and enroll in daytime or evening classes. Flexible schedules are available for any person age 17 or older who has officially withdrawn from school. To qualify for the free GED, students must:
• have a valid Federal ID or Social Security number
• pre-test and post-test at the Conway or Myrtle Beach locations
• score 2400 or higher on the Official Practice Test
• be eligible and available for employment.
A new version of the GED test will be introduced Jan. 2 , is more closely aligned to career and college readiness, and incorporates academic Common Core State Standards. The new GED will be a mandated computerized test and, while limited paper versions of the test are still available, Horry County is incorporating the computerized test now. Students who have taken the GED test but not passed all five parts have until the end of December to pass, or they must start over in 2014 in order to receive their high school credential.
About 9,000 adults in the state take the GED examination each year. Approximately 70 percent earn passing scores and are awarded a S.C. High School Equivalency Diploma. The GED examination is a nationally normed examination. Graduating high school seniors are administered portions of the GED examination. The passing score is set at a point where 4 out of 10 graduating high school seniors could not pass the GED test on their first attempt.
For more information and to register for GED classes, visit www.edtheturtle.com, or call the Adult Education office at 843-488-6200. Students also may register for the computerized test at www.GEDcomputer.com.
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