Special to The Leader
The Orange Leader
In striving to provide more adult learners throughout the state with a high school credential, the Lamar State College-Orange Testing Center is partnering with GED Testing Service to offer the GED test on computer. Registration is officially open and scheduling is available to candidates. Testing began on March 6.
Registering, scheduling and testing on computer will provide a new experience and new benefits for GED test-takers. These new features will improve the GED testing program which is a gateway for adults to find jobs or better paying jobs, enter the workforce or college training programs, and better support themselves and their families.
Randy Trask, GED Testing Service’s president and CEO said, “Adult learners are often times juggling jobs, families, study time and transportation issues. GED testing on computer will be a significant step to make the scheduling and testing experience easier, more flexible and faster for adult learners across the state and eventually the country. We are so pleased that Lamar State College-Orange is our partner in this important endeavor.”
The GED test on computer is the same test content currently offered on paper. Its accompanying systems will provide an array of new benefits for both the testing center and GED test-takers. Some of the initial benefits include:
• One-stop online registration and scheduling available 24/7
• Flexible testing appointments for test-takers
• Instant test scores on 4 of 5 content areas
• An introduction of basic keyboarding and computer skills
• Enhanced test security
“LSC-O’s Testing Center is proud to lead the way on GED testing on computer. Adding this new option for adult learners will provide immediate and long-term benefits,” says Victoria Norville, testing administrator. “From hospitals to construction sites, basic technology — including computer use and keyboarding skills — are common in the workplace today. Test-takers can now demonstrate mastery of these basic technology skills through the GED test on computer, learn immediately of their results, and be better prepared to enter the workplace.”
Test-takers interested in taking the test on computer at LSC-O’s Testing Center should go to www.GEDtestingservice.com.
Offering GED testing on computer also has an important role to increasing accessibility and flexibility for test-takers, since a double-digit increase in the number of GED test-takers is expected by 2013. A new GED assessment is scheduled to be released in Jan. 2014, and a significant number of adults who haven’t taken or passed all five content areas will want to test before their scores expire at the end of 2013.
While testing and scheduling on computer is a significant new benefit for test-takers, GED Testing Service warns consumers there are those who will attempt to bilk unsuspecting adults out of precious dollars by creating confusion online. “The GED test – whether on paper or computer – must be taken in-person at an official GED testing center,” said Trask. “Potential test-takers should not respond to individuals or so-called ‘institutions’ offering an online GED test.”
For more information about GED testing on computer, please visit www.GEDtestingservice.com. Also, please visit www.lsco.edu/testing/testing.asp to learn more about the GED testing program in Orange.