ABLE testing procedure changes upcoming

February 5, 2013

Portia Williams

PDT Staff Writer

NEW BOSTON — Scioto County ABLE (Adult Basic Learning Exam), announced this week that the current version of the GED test will expire at the end of 2013. The current version, known as the 2002 Series GED test, will be replaced with the new 2014 GED test on Jan. 2, 2014.

Rob Seaman, Director of the Scioto County ABLE, Adult Basic and Literacy Education program, said ABLE wants to ensure that those who have begun the process of completing their GED are cognizant of the upcoming changes that will potentially change their pursuit of obtaining a GED.

According to Seaman, beginning Jan. 2, 2014, The current version of the GED test will expire, and any and all work towards it will become obsolete.

Seaman said addition to the price to take the GED test will go from $40 to $120. Another critical change in the GED test is it will be a computer-based test.

“Currently it is a paper and pencil test. The test in 2014 will all be done on computer. There will not be an essay portion of the test. All of their writing skills will be assessed through the way they respond to questions,” Seaman said.

Seaman said it is imperative that individuals get their GED for upward mobility within society.

“The GED test opens doors to college, better jobs, the respect adults deserve, and the satisfaction of earning a high school credential. So we want to be sure that everyone is aware of this deadline. GED test-takers must act now to finish and pass before the current test expires,” Seaman said.

According to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy, (NCES, 2005) more than 90 million adults (45 percent of the population) may not have the skills to fully participate in family, work and community opportunities.

Currently programs are able to serve approximately 2.3 million individuals a year, combining state, local and federal dollars. Waiting lists exist in almost every state with over 100,000 waiting an opportunity to enroll.

Seaman said the classes offered at ABLE’S testing centers equip test-takers to meet complete the GED test.

“Support is available, right here in Scioto County. We can help adult learners get prepared to take parts of the GED test they still need to pass. We want them all to succeed,” Seaman said.

ABLE currently has nine sites which provide preparation classes for the GED.

The sites include Northwest Middle School, Minford High School, Scioto County Career Technical Center, Highland Head Start, South Webster High School, Shawnee ABLE which offers both morning and evening classes, Daymar College, and Community Action/One Stop.

Everyone must attend orientation prior to attending a center. For orientation appointment call Shelly at 740-354-0211.

Portia Williams may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 286 or portiawilliams@civitasmedia.com.