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 New Adult Education Learning Lab                  


Student Leticia Jimenez is shown in the new lab with Chad Gorham, Director of Adult Education, and Jonathon Nappier, GED® Chief Examiner & College/Adult Education Liaison.

A new, state-of-the-art learning lab has been developed for the Northeast Alabama Adult Education Program which is located at and managed by Northeast Alabama Community College. This new facility has equipped the adult education program with the technology and specifications needed to help adult learners prepare for the new 2014 GED® test. The GED® exam and testing facility were modified and modernized in order to give students the knowledge to succeed in the 21st century.

The adult education learning lab was paid for using an Adult Education One-Time Grant Award for over $60,000. This funding helped pay for computers, digital software, furniture, and security specifications for the GED® testing center.

“We are very excited to be able to offer our students the opportunity to work and learn in a state-of-the-art facility on our campus,” said Chad Gorham, Director of the Northeast Alabama Adult Education Program. “Not only has this grant award made our campus lab a reality, but it also allows us to equip our other off-campus sites with additional technology.”

Adult education students are able to utilize the lab to strengthen their academic skills through remedial software provided by the program. Students may also practice keyboarding skills, develop résumés, and explore career and college opportunities.

“Mr. Gorham and his staff have done a great job in obtaining the grant to support this new addition to the college,” stated NACC President Dr. David Campbell. “To assist with this program as well, Northeast has employed someone who will be solely devoted to GED® testing. We want to do everything that we can to provide the citizens of DeKalb, Jackson, and Marshall Counties with the opportunity to obtain their GED® if this is their goal.”

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December 4, 2013

MyGED site goes beyond study and testing assistance, will help students identify skills, prepare for better jobs and navigate to college and career training programs

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – GED Testing Service announced today that registration and new cutting-edge resources to help prepare for the 2014 GED test are now available with the launch of the organization’s new MyGED website. MyGED –which can be found online at – will help adults register for, take and be better prepared for the GED test. Beyond the basics of testing, it will help students identify career pathways, and more easily navigate to jobs and into college training programs required for most of today’s job openings.

The new GED program, which will launch on January 2, 2014, was overhauled to better prepare adults without a high school diploma for higher education and the workforce. The comprehensive, start-to-finish 2014 program uses technology to help students prepare for, pass, and progress beyond the GED test to find better jobs with better wages. The 2014 GED test is the only high school equivalency program fully aligned to state college and career readiness standards.

Some of the new features students can use on the new website include:

  •  A one-stop resource for registration, preparation, and more.
  • Tools to develop personalized study plans and find study materials or in-person classes.
  • A skills assessment to help test-takers match skills with possible careers, and focus on career plans to get to better jobs with better wages.
  • Access to information and resources to help test-takers apply for college or training programs and fill out financial aid forms.
  • An official practice test that shows test-takers their strengths and where they need to improve, including specific pages to study in their training materials at home and online.

For more information about the MyGED website, visit

Download the fact sheet for more information about the 2014 GED program.


The Washington Post – September 9th, 2013
GED will soon have online guide for high school dropouts
Dropouts who want to take the GED high school equivalency test will soon have an online guide to walk them through their preparation, registration, and college and career planning. “We’re not just stopping with: ‘Here’s your test. You passed. You failed. You’re on your own,” said Nicole M. Chestang, executive vice president of GED Testing Service. There is now “a whole program developed around the test taker,” she said.

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Education Week– September 11th, 2013
GED Testing Service Rolls Out Online Test Prep and Support
Beginning in January, students who take the General Educational Development credential test will encounter a more rigorous exam offered exclusively on computer. To help individuals prepare for the experience and give them feedback on their performance, the GED Testing Service will offer individualized online support starting in late November. "This is no longer just a test. It's a start-to-finish program," said Randy Trask, the president of GED Testing Service in a webinar with the media on Tuesday.
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Local residents see higher passing rate on new computer-based GED test

Linda Cunningham wanted to pace herself while earning her GED.

The Mexia resident began taking prep classes at Navarro College in February, then signed up to take the five-part exam at the GED testing center at Texas State Technical College.

But to avoid taking the full exam all at once and instead tackle the sections one at a time, the 66-year-old had to take the new computer format instead of the traditional paper test.

“I’m not totally blank about computers. I know a little bit but not a whole lot on how to operate them,” said Cunningham, adding that she owns a tablet device.

Cunningham passed each section on the first try, most recently completing the math test last Monday to earn her GED.

Her success mirrors a statewide trend in which Texas residents are passing the new computer-based test at a higher rate than the paper format.

About 83 percent of testers have passed the computer exam this year at Texas State Technical College’s testing center, compared to about 67 percent of residents who took the paper format, TSTC testing Administrator Karen Armstead said.

Statewide, about 90 percent of GED testers pass the computer format, according to statistics from provider GED Testing Service.

The company also said test-takers finish the computer exam at a faster pace, taking 90 minutes less on average to complete the full five-part exam.

“They’re used to being on computers, lots of them,” Armstead said of the computer testers. “They think they’re able to focus better. . . . Imagine with the paper-pencil test, you have that scantron that you’re bubbling and going back (to double-check). With the computer, you’re just clicking and moving through.”

The switch to the computer format was sparked by an upcoming overhaul of the GED that goes into effect next year, which would include administering the test solely on computers.

TSTC in March became the first testing site in Texas to offer the computer-based test.

Armstead said the first computer tester, Kourtney Hamlin, passed on her first attempt and received her GED in a May graduation ceremony at Baylor University’s Ferrell Center.

Easy to navigate

Since then, 320 residents have taken that exam. Some, like Cunningham, had some initial reservations about using the computer for the exam, but later found the system easy to navigate.

“Some of them do come in with a little anxiety about the computer, and so we tell them, ‘Think of the mouse as your pencil, and you’re reading and clicking versus reading and shading (on a scantron),’ ” test administrator Harriet Foreman said. “And that sort of helps them become more comfortable.”

The greatest advantage of the computer test is testers learn their preliminary scores immediately, except for the essay portion.

Armstead said residents usually have to wait up to three weeks for their paper test scores to arrive in the mail.

“We have people trying to go to college (or) their jobs are depending on it, they want to know an answer quickly,” Armstead said. “And it helps motivate them for the next test, and they go, ‘Oh, that wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be.’ ”...........

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