Monday, February 25, 2013

Changes in 2014 for the GED

An article posted Saturday, February 23, on details the changes in store for the GED (General Equivalency Development) test in 2014. The cost will rise from $50 to $120 to $150.  The test will no longer be administered solely by the non-profit American Council on Education. Instead the Council will partner with Pearson Education, a for-profit testing company. The new company will be called the GED Testing Service. The new test will be administered online. Educators are urging students who have begun the process to finish in 2013 because all previous work will be voided in 2014.

The Birmingham Public Library has several resources to help students prepare for the GED. The most useful is the database Learning Express. Learning Express offers practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and information needed to get ready for the GED test. Many other practice tests such as the ACT, TOEFL, Cosmetology, etc are part of the database. Learning Express also offers skills building for all ages from elementary to post graduate.

The library has prepared a Subject Guide for the GED. The guide includes links to local centers offering classes, a list of GED test centers, and a subject search for GED preparation books available at the library.

So if you have been thinking now is the time to pass the test, it is. Take advantage of all the Birmingham Public Library has to offer.

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