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July 22, 2013

Final GED free testing date is July 31

Tri-County urged to complete GED before changes

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CORBIN —

Changes to the GED

The new GED will shift from its current paper-and-pencil format to a completely computer-based format. According to the test maker, this format will help test takers learn computer literacy skills necessary to succeed in college and in the workplace.

While the length of the GED will stay at around seven hours, the new exam will condense its current five subject subtests into four: Reasoning through Language Arts; Math; Science and Social Studies; and the number of written sections will double to two.

A new scoring scale will be released by the test maker in summer 2013.

More analysis and a deeper understanding of math will be required.

Content will better reflect the Common Core standards for grades K-12, which have been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia.

The cost to take the GED will double to $120, though this may vary by state.

Facts about GED test and test takers

Approximately 10 percent of all GED takers are incarcerated.

The average GED taker is 26 years old, has completed 10th grade, and has been out of school for nine years.

About 10 percent of all GED holders go on to earn a college degree.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, GED/high school degree holders make $700 a month more ($3,100) than those who did not complete school $2,400.

Locations in Whitley, Knox and Laurel

There are multiple adult education centers in the Tri-County that hold classes both on site and at several satellite locations. Schedules at all locations are flexible to meet student’s needs. Stop by or call one of the locations for more information.

Laurel County Adult Education and Literacy

90 Bennett Circle, London, 40741

606-878-9134

or the Laurel County Adult Education Center located at 103 Northside Plaza in Corbin

606-528-0379

Corbin Adult Learning Center

615 South Main Street

Corbin, KY 40701

606-528-1791

Williamsburg Adult Learning Center

Cumberland Regional Mall Annex

Williamsburg, KY 40769

606-549-1989

Knox County Adult Education and Family Literacy located on the Knox County Middle School campus

606-545-6032

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