College Q&A: Current GED test to expire at end of year

By Eric Jensen
Feb. 16, 2013 at midnight
Updated Feb. 15, 2013 at 8:16 p.m.

I heard that if I don't finish taking the GED test by the end of this year, I will have to start all over again next year. Is this true?

Yes. The 2002 Series GED Test now in use will expire at the end of 2013, along with incomplete test scores. Those who haven't finished and passed every section have until the end of 2013 to do so. Otherwise, they will have to start over again with the new 2014 GED test.

Individuals can take all five components of the GED test at VC's Testing Center in the Continuing Education Center on VC's main campus. The GED test is administered Tuesdays, but test takers must preregister and schedule an appointment for the exam in person at the Testing Center. Test takers must be 18 years or older, provide a Texas-issued photo ID and a Social Security card and pay the exam fee of $105 at preregistration.

Sharon Vaclavik, former director of the Testing Center, encourages all GED test takers to take the practice tests in all five areas of the test before taking official exams.

"The practice test is shorter than the official test and allows less time for completion," Vaclavik said. "But the questions are designed to be a representation of what will actually be encountered on the official exam."

Official practice tests cover the same five components as the official exam and are given 6-8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. Fridays at VC's Adult Education Center, 802 E. Crestwood.

Appointments are not required. A score of 500 on each part of the five areas results in a referral to the VC Testing Center. A score of less than 500 will result in a referral for more tutoring or classes offered at the Adult Education Center.

"Each year, we serve more than 2,000 people from Victoria and the surrounding counties," said Tiffany Johnson, director of the Adult Education Center. "Our primary services include Adult Basic Education and English as a Second Language courses."

Since the program is state and federally grant funded, the school can provide free classes to anyone below a 12.9 reading, writing and/or math grade level. The program is making a difference in the lives of many people who had obstacles that interrupted their educational plans and are working to improve their skills in order to contribute more to our community.

Adult Basic Education courses cover basic academic subjects to help students improve their skills in preparation to take the GED and reach a college-ready level. These classes are offered four times a year with each session lasting seven weeks. There is also a distance learning option that allows students to complete coursework using the Internet from home on their own time.

The English as a Second Language courses help non-native English speakers become proficient enough in English to navigate our English speaking world and transition into higher education.

The GED test has opened doors to better jobs and college programs nationally for more than 18 million graduates since 1942. Last year, nearly 800,000 adults took the GED test, which is accepted by virtually all U.S. colleges and employers.

As the creator of the only official GED test, GED Testing Service ensures the program continues to be a reliable and valuable pathway to a better life for the millions of adults without a high school diploma.

Do you have a question about Victoria College? Contact Eric Jensen, VC marketing and communications Specialist, at 361-485-6835 or Eric.Jensen@Victoria



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