The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

November 8, 2013

Deadline to retake GED is approaching

JEFFERSON — The deadline is closing in for those who need to retake portions of the General Educational Development (GED) test before all of their passing scores are erased on January 1, 2014.

The next retake-only test offered at A-Tech Technical Career Campus is Nov. 15. A-Tech is the only approved testing center in Ashtabula County and will continue being the only approved testing center in 2014, when the test transitions to a computer-based, more challenging exam.

The current test has been used since 2002, said Becky Wayman-Harvey, Adult Basic & Literacy Education (ABLE) program coordinator and recruiter. Anyone who has taken the test since 2002, and has passed only portions of it, must pass the remaining sections before the end of the year when their passing scores will expire.

The fee to retake the 2002 version of the test on paper

is $10. Those looking to take the test on Nov. 15 must fill out an online application, pay the $10 fee and be preapproved, said Harvey.

The sessions in November to take the entire test are full and closed, leaving Dec. 13 as the final date of the year to take the 2002 exam. Harvey said there is a possibility they may add another test date in December, but as of now they have not.

The Dec. 13 test session has limited seating and students must apply online, pay the $40 test fee, and be preapproved, Harvey said. “December 21 is the last possible date in Ohio for taking the paper-based test.”

People interested in either retaking the test on Nov. 15 or taking the full test on Dec. 13 should contact Harvey at the ABLE office at (440) 576-5599.

The paper-based test can be retaken three times a year, but those who have used all three attempts and wish to retake the 2002 test on the computer may do so. The fee for computer-based retakes for the 2002 test is $30.

The ABLE office offers GED Preparation Classes throughout the county. The classes are ongoing, but students must attend an orientation prior to enrolling. “During the orientation, there will be an assessment and a basic evaluation of their skills. Based on that, we then place them in classes,” Harvey said.

The prep classes are offered at the following locations: in Ashtabula, at Kent State University Ashtabula campus; in Conneaut, at the  Conneaut Human Resources Center; in Geneva, at the Geneva Community Center; in Jefferson, at A-Tech; in Orwell, at Country Neighbor; and in Andover, at the Andover First United Methodist Church.

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