Adult and Developmental Education • GED®

Introduction / Class Locations / Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

Introduction

Adult Education classes are designed for persons who have not completed high school. Men and women study individual materials that are on their own level and progress at their own speed. Students preparing to take the GED® test are given instruction in reading, writing, math, social studies, and science. Some students need minimal preparation, while others may attend classes for a year or longer. Students are encouraged to take a section of the test whenever they, and the instructor, feel the results will be positive. The GED® test is comprised of five individual tests: Language Arts: Writing, Language Arts: Reading, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science. In order to receive a Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency, a student must pass all 5 tests with a combined score of 2250 (450 Average) and with no one test scoring below 410.  Successful completion of the GED® tests may be necessary for a job qualification, or it also may qualify the student for college or technical school admission.

The current version of the GED® test is expiring at the end of 2013 and your test scores will expire if you do not finish and pass all sections of the GED® test before December 31, 2013.  Test scores from the current exam can’t be combined with scores from the new test so test-takers who have passed some but not all of the 2002 Series GED® Test will have to start over.   

The initial cost of taking the GED® test is $90 for all five sections and advance registration is required.  Each individual re-test is $25.   

 GED® test schedule for 2013  (pdf file)

For information about future class enrollment sessions, please call 685-6819 or 685-6817 for more information. 

Class Locations

Cogdell Learning Center

201 W. Florida
Monday-Thursday,
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

F. Marie Hall Academic Building, Rm. 133
Midland College Main Campus, 3600 N. Garfield
Monday-Thursday, 6 - 9 pm

 

 
 WRTTC in Fort Stockton

1309 W.  IH 10

432-336-7886

 

 

 

   

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

I have heard there will be a new test.  What happens to my scores for the tests I have already passed?

There will be a brand new computer based test that will begin January 2014.  If you have not received your GED® certificate, ALL scores will go away.  As of January 2014 you will have to start over, pay the full price and take all tests; Language, Math, Science and Social Studies.

How long will it take me to pass the GED® test?

The time needed to pass your GED® test will depend on you! If you enroll in classes, you will be required to commit to a minimum of 60 hours of attendance. The length of time you require will depend on how much you already know, how much you need to review and learn, and on the amount of effort you are willing to give.  You need to plan to complete and pass all 5 tests with a combined score of 2250 (450 Average) before the end of December, 2013. 

How will I know what I need to study?

Each student is tested on their knowledge level during orientation. This test will show what skills you have already mastered, and what skills need to be perfected. Students will be tested periodically through the course to check on the progress each student is making.

How will I know if I'm ready to take the GED® test?

When you have shown sufficient progress, you will have the opportunity to take a practice test to determine if you are ready for the official GED® test. Practice tests can only be administered by an Adult Education staff member.

How can you help?
   Come to class as often as possible - You will learn faster and better.
   Tell others about the class - They may enroll with you and help you study.
   Talk to your teacher if you can no longer come to class.
   Tell the teacher when you take the GED® test.

What about books and study material?

All of the study material you will need in the classroom will be provided to you.

Why can't I take the test online?

The American Council on Education (ACE) is the sole developer for the GED® test. All testing sessions take place in person (not online) according to very specific rules, and security measures are strictly enforced. Breaks are scheduled between tests. There are restrictions on what test-takers may bring into the testing room.

What is on the GED® test?

Language Arts: Writing
Part I
The Language Arts: Writing test portion is divided into two parts, of which the first covers sentence structure, organization, usage, and mechanics. Test-takers read text from business, informational, and instructional publications and then correct, revise, or improve the text. Test-takers have 75 minutes to complete the 50 items in Part I.
Part II
This part of the Language Arts: Writing test requires the student to write an essay on an assigned topic in 45 minutes. Persons who finish Part I early may apply the remaining time to their essays. A passing essay must have well focused main points, clear organization, and specific development of ideas, and demonstrate the writer's control of sentence structure, punctuation, grammar, word choice, and spelling. There is no minimum word count. The essay should be long enough to develop the topic adequately. Assigned topics are always an opinion or perspective that does not require special knowledge. Essays need not be true or based in reality as long as they are developed around the assigned topic.

Language Arts: Reading
This 65-minute, 40-question test examines a tester's ability to read and understand texts similar to those encountered in high-school English classrooms. The test has five fiction and two nonfiction passages, each about 300 - 400 words long. The fiction passages include portions of a play, a poem, and three pieces of prose. The nonfiction passages may come from letters, biographies, newspaper and magazine articles, or such "practical" texts as manuals and forms. Each passage is followed by questions that assess reading comprehension, as well as the tester's ability to analyze the text, apply the information given to other situations, and synthesize new ideas from those provided.

Questions do not require test-takers to be familiar with the larger piece of literature from which the excerpt is taken, the author's other works, literary history, or discipline-specific terms and conventions.

Mathematics
This 90-minute, 50-question test has two equally weighted parts, the first of which allows candidates to use calculators, while the second forbids their use. Test-takers must use the calculators issued at the testing center, no other.
The test focuses on four main mathematical disciplines:
   • Number operations and number sense
   • Measurement and geometry
   • Data analysis, probability, and statistics
   • Algebra, functions, and patterns

Social Studies
This test covers American history, world history, civics and government, economics, and geography; 70 minutes are allotted for the 50 questions.

Testers will read short passages and answer multiple-choice questions. Some passages come from such documents as the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Many questions use graphs, charts, and other images, such as editorial cartoons, along with or instead of written passages.

Questions involving civics and government and economics rely heavily on practical documents, such as tax forms, voter-registration forms, and workplace and personal budgets. Topics such as global warming and environmental law also are covered.

Science

This 75-minute test of 45 multiple-choice questions covers life science, earth and space science, and physical science. It measures the candidate's skill in understanding, interpreting, and applying science concepts to visual and written text from academic and workplace contexts. The test focuses on what a scientifically literate person must know, understand, and be able to do. Questions address the National Science Education Content Standards and focus on environmental and health topics (recycling, heredity, and pollution, for example) and science's relevance to everyday life. Students should expect to see tables, graphs, charts, and diagrams, as well as complete sentences.

Most questions on the Science test involve a graphic, such as a map, graph, chart, or diagram. Subjects covered include photosynthesis, weather and climate, geology, magnetism, energy, and cell division.


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