The new computerized GED® Test can now be completed at Northland Pioneer College’s Holbrook or Show Low campuses. Pearson Vue exclusively handles all registration and payment for the exam at https://ged.com/.
“The two NPC computer-based testing sites were certified by Peason Vue in mid-May, so residents can once again take the GED® Test locally,” said Donna Krieser, testing coordinator for NPC. The owners of the GED® Test switched to a computer-based version in January 2014, requiring sites wishing to offer the testing to meet strict security standards. All scores prior to January have expired, and those who did not complete the GED® by Dec. 31, 2013 must start over.
“NPC offers the testing sites as a service to our communities. Individuals wanting to take the GED® now register, schedule and pay online at https://ged.com/,” Krieser continued. The cost for the 4-battery exam is $140, or $35 per section. “You can do the test in parts or as a whole. There is no expiration date at this time,” she explained. NPC only collects $1 from each test fee to cover the cost of utilities, computers and providing a required test monitor.
The GED® Test now consists of four parts – mathematics, Social Studies, Science and Language (formerly two reading & writing). “You’ll find tips, study aids, locations and test date schedules and your scores all online at https://ged.com/,” she said.
While not currently mandatory before registering for the GED® Test, Krieser highly recommends students complete the free “Opportunities Through Education” course offered at The Learning Cornerstone (TLC) at all NPC locations. Completing these two free classes is required before a student can enroll in other TLC classes. “You’ll review basic skills that will help you succeed on the GED® Test. Or the TLC advisers might suggest completing an Adult Basic Education course before you spend the money to take and fail the exam,” she added.
An NPC pilot project where the “Opportunities Through Education” class was mandatory prior to GED testing resulted in a 72 percent completion rate on the first attempt, compared to the national average of 44 percent.
Krieser reminds those taking the exam to bring two forms of identification to gain access to the test area. A driver’s license, passport, government-issued ID card or bank card with photo ID can be used as primary forms of ID. See www.npc/edu/GED for a list of acceptable forms of ID. “If using a birth certificate as a secondary form of ID, it must be a certified copy,” stressed Krieser. “No refunds are given if the testing reservation is not cancelled 24 hours in advance, or if the tester is turned away for not having the proper identification.”
Those under 18 desiring to take the GED® must submit a notarized parental consent letter AND an official notice of withdrawal from public school to an NPC campus or center office BEFORE registering online for the GED®.
Third-party payers may go to pearsonvue.com/vouchers to acquire vouchers for testers to use to take the exam.
“Obtaining your GED® opens doors to far greater opportunities. Those who test at NPC and complete the GED® are awarded tuition and media fee vouchers for six credits, a $400 value,” Krieser said.
For more GED information, visit https://ged.com/ or call (877) 392-6433.
For more information about the “Opportunities Through Education” course or other Adult Basic Education services, contact Rickey Jackson, (800) 266-7845, ext. 6535, or stop by the TLC at your nearest NPC location in Navajo or Apache counties.
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