The start of 2014 brought about major changes to the General Education Development (GED) exam, and Richmond Community College is pleased to announce it is an active Pearson VUE testing center for the revamped GED.
“In January, the cost of taking the GED increased and the format changed as well,” said Sherry Byrd, director of College and Career Readiness at RCC. “Once paper-based, the GED is now completely computer-based. Students will need to be familiar with using a computer, typing and navigating a computerized test. Because the test is timed, you don’t want a lack of computer skills to hinder you from passing the GED.”
Once five tests, the GED is now comprised of four tests that include Reasoning Through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science and Social Studies.
Currently, it costs $120 for all four tests. The North Carolina Community College System has been working to reduce the cost of taking the GED, and by April 15, it is hoped the fee will decrease to $20 per test or $80 for all four. Students who do not pass a test will still have to pay a retesting fee when they retake a test.
“We discourage students from taking the GED without any preparation in academics, but the new testing format makes preparation even more important,” Byrd said.
People also will have to register for the GED online by going to www.GED.com. They will create an account, sign up for tests and make payments using a credit card via the Internet. The testing center is located in the James Building, 106 Vance St., Hamlet. Tests are administered Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“Our staff can walk people through the process of going online and registering for the GED,” Byrd said. “We can also supply them with practice material for the GED, and our instructors can help familiarize them with the computer components they will encounter when taking the test. Our goal is to prepare people to successfully pass the GED.”
To schedule an appointment to meet with a member of the College and Career Readiness staff, call (910) 410-1771.