GED score changecould affect priortesters, diplomas


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HAMLET – The GED Testing Service recently announced revisions to the passing scores, as well as performance levels for its high school equivalency tests.

These changes, which will be retroactive to Jan. 1, 2014, could result in many new high school equivalency diploma holders throughout the state of North Carolina.

The passing score for each GED area is now 145 instead of 150. This means if a student achieves a score of 145 or higher, he or she has passed that subject area. While this score change is effective immediately, GED score reports won’t be updated until March 1. The updated score levels will be reflected in a tester’s score report on www.GED.com, and testers who are affected by the change will be notified by email.

High school equivalency credentialing is offered through the College and Career Readiness Program at Richmond Community College.

“If you scored between 145 to 149 on a GED test subject in the past, your status has changed from fail to pass, and there is no need to retake that test subject,” said Lenae Thompson, Chief High School Equivalency Examiner.

Students who will achieve their high school equivalency diploma because of this change to the GED passing scores will receive their credentials after March 1.

Another change for students looking to earn a high school equivalency certificate is the option of taking the HiSET exam, instead of the GED.

“In the past, the GED test was the only option we offered through RCC, but we are excited to bring our students the HiSET exam, which was developed to offer another credential to validate that a student has the skills equal to a high school graduate,” Thompson said.

Thompson said the GED will still be an option, but the HiSET exam offers both paper based and computer based testing, unlike the GED, which is entirely computer based. The way the HiSET tests are packaged also makes it the lower cost option for test takers.

“We will offer paper based testing in both Richmond and Scotland counties,” Thompson said. “Computer based testing will be offered only at the James Building in Hamlet.”

Free test preparation classes that will give students a brush-up on math, reading and English skills are available at all of the College and Career Readiness locations in Richmond and Scotland counties.

Testing dates

The following testing dates have been set for February:

— Feb. 9: HiSET paper testing, James Building, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m.

— Feb. 10: GED computer testing, James Building, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; HiSET paper testing, James Building, 2:30 to 5 p.m.

— Feb. 11: HiSET paper testing, Honeycutt Center, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

— Feb. 16: HiSET paper testing, James Building, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m.

— Feb. 17: HiSET paper testing, James Building, 2:30 to 5 p.m.

— Feb. 18: HiSET paper testing, Honeycutt Center, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

— Feb. 23: HiSET paper testing, James Building, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m.

— Feb. 24: GED computer testing, James Building, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; HiSET paper testing, James Building, 2:30 to 5 p.m.

— Feb. 25: HiSET paper testing, Honeycutt Center, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

To schedule a test appointment and make a payment, you must do so online with the corresponding testing website: www.GED.com or www.hiset.ets.org.

For information about high school equivalency testing, call Thompson at (910) 410-1773 or email [email protected]

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