MASON COUNTY — Those who have put off getting their GED may want to consider taking it soon before changes to the test and significant fees to take the test in the future are implemented.
Betty Adkins, an Adult Basic Education instructor at the Mason County Career Center is hoping these changes get out to the public so residents can make an informed decision about no longer putting off the test.
Currently, there’s no charge to take the GED test in West Virginia because the state legislature voted to pay the testing fee (roughly $50) back in 2008. This funding has only been secured through June 30, 2013 and it remains uncertain if new legislation will continue to keep the test free to West Virginians. The new charge for the test goes into effect on July 1, 2013 and will be $24 per content area which means the entire GED test will end up costing a student $120, if they pass all the sections on the first try.
The test itself is also going through major changes with no more paper pencil tests being given starting on Jan. 1, 2013 - all GED tests will move to a computer based model after this time. Though a computer based test may make the GED more accessible to people, the downside of this upgrade are the upcoming fees associated with the test.
The test itself is also getting on overhaul with a new version launching Jan. 2, 2014. However, Adkins points out students who have taken the GED test before and only passed sections of it, as opposed to passing the whole test, can still use these old passing scores applied to a new test but only though Dec. 31, 2013. For example, previously, if a person passed the language arts portion of the test but not the math portion, the language arts score could still be counted without the person having to retake that section of the test, focusing only on passing the math section.
For this reason, Adkins stressed those who had previously taken the test but had trouble passing parts of the GED exam, might want to consider retaking those tests by visiting an ABE/GED site, like the one at the career center, before those former scores are erased.
Official registration for Adult Basic Education classes to prepare for the GED will start at 8 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 4 at the Mason County Career Center. Thereafter, registration will be at 8 a.m. every Friday. Class hours will be 8 a.m. - noon and 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Students must be at the career center at 8 a.m. on Sept. 4 or any Friday thereafter at 8 a.m. with a valid photo ID and copy of their birth certificate.