As you may have already heard the test is changing as of January 2014, according to Margaret Swafford, Polk County Adult Education director.
You will not only have to change your method of learning and study skills, but will have to be very efficient with computer skills. It will be a computer-based test and timed just as the test is today. However, with the new test, when time is up it closes and you won’t have a second chance to check over your answers.
Polk County Adult Education has received complaints that $65 to pay for the GED is hard to come by, but there is an agency that will pay for it based on circumstances. When the new one starts it will cost $120.
Swafford said since the year 2008 the agency has had 46 students fail the GED test.
“Some of them had a very good average of 500 or better but scored low in one subject,” she said.
“They may only need a few points to bring that up and the sad part of it is when the new test starts they will lose all of this and have to start over. That’s why the staff and I want to encourage everyone to come back.
“Remember, I said since 2008, 46 have failed. The bright side is that in the last 4 years 178 passed. That means 178 people have had a better chance of going into postsecondary education, joining the military, going to college or getting a job,” Swafford said.
Anyone in Polk County who would like to get their GED is asked to call 338-5125. Classes are at the Ducktown Community Center and at South Polk and they are free.
Classes are offered both day and evening to accommodate those who can’t come to day classes.