New GED® Test starting January 2014
High School Equivalency Credential (GED® Test)
It was recently announced by the West Virginia Department of Education, Office of Adult Basic Education Office, that a grace period of 1 (one) year would be allowed for students who have not passed all parts of the 2002 Series GED® Test to allow for retesting. Hopefully, this will give many students ample time to complete the test successfully. Those who have taken the 2002 Series GED® Test, but not passed all five parts, still only have until the end of 2013 to pass or they will need to take those remaining parts they have not passed with the new assessment that will be in place in January, 2014.
Scores from the GED® test and the new assessment will be combined. While this gives students more time to prepare, these are some issues to consider:
• The 2002 Series GED® test will no longer be offered in West Virginia after the end of December, 2013.
• The new assessment that will be in place on January 2, 2014 will have a percentage of questions aligned to the Common Core State Standards- which may require higher level thinking skills and content specific knowledge in the areas of science and social studies.
• Paper based testing will still be available in some areas but many testing sites will be moving to Computer-based testing where all parts of the assessment must be taken on a computer – this includes the writing test which will require keyboarding skills.
• Prior to taking the GED® test or the new assessment, test takers must still take and pass an Official Practice Test (OPT).
• The grace period ends January, 2015.
The General Educational Development (GED®) Test is to provide those individuals who have not completed high school an opportunity to demonstrate that they have attained academic skills at a competent high school completion level by satisfactorily passing the GED® Test. The five GED® sub-tests are in the areas of Writing Skills, Social Studies, Science, Literature and the Arts, and Mathematics.
The GED® exam/diploma is accepted by over 97 percent of colleges and universities for entrance requirements and provides adults who did not complete high school with an opportunity for further education and training. The military also accepts the GED® diploma if other criteria are also met. Additionally, the GED® diploma is well accepted by the business and industry community.
Marion County Adult & Community Education Center is an official GED® testing center.
Donna J. Metz - Chief Administrator
Roman W. Prezioso, Jr. - Alternate Administrator
Johnnie Hamilton - Alternate Administrator
FREE GED® TESTING
Official Practice Test(OPT)
The following dates are for the Official Practice Test(OPT), you must call to register to take the OPT test.
December 3, 2013
December 9, 2013
The following dates are scheduled for GED® tests at the Marion County Adult and Community Education Center.
December 11 & 12, 2013
All GED® Candidates
Pass the Official Practice Tests (OPT)
Prior to taking the GED® Tests.
Candidate Qualifying for the Free GED® Scholarship:
For more information:
West Virginia Department of Education General Educational Development (GED®) Testing Webpage
Minimum Test Scores:
A standard score of not less than 410 on each of the five tests, and an average standard score of 450 on all five tests. The total standard score must be equal to or exceed 2250.
All candidates must be at least 16 years old to be admitted to GED® testing.
All candidates must pass the Official GED® Practice Test™ (OPT) with a total score of 2250 points of above AND a standard score of at least a 420 on all of the five sub-tests. All adult basic education (ABE) programs are authorized to give the OPT.
Note: Mountaineer Challenge Academy (MCA) cadets may use the MCA ID during the post-residential phase of the program by providing documentation of their status with MCA.
Information for Distance Education Program - Studying for the GED® at home
West Virginia's adult distance education program provides a flexible learning opportunity for West Virginia adults who need to prepare for the General Educational Development (GED®) test, or who wish to brush up on their basic academic skills in preparation for an upcoming test or entrance into college. And it's free! You can now study any time of the day or night on a computer with Internet access.**
In order to participate in Advantage GED®, you must be a West Virginia resident and be able to go to an onsite class to take the assessment test. Click here to find out more about the registration process.
**NOTE: There are specific system requirements that your computer must meet in order for you to be able to successfully download and use PLATO Web Learning Network, the software currently being used by Advantage GED® as it's online GED® study program.
To learn more go to the following website:
Additional copies of GED® Test Scores or Diploma
If you need an extra copy of your score or diploma send a letter with your name, address, birthday, social security, date you took test and where to:
GED® State Administrator
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