New Test Replaces GED: Cabell County ABE Centers Prepared to Help Students Succeed

From Press Release

The West Virginia Department of Education recently selected a new vendor for the test that allows students to earn a high school equivalency diploma.  The former exam, the GED test, has been replaced by a new exam, the Test Assessing Secondary Completion, or TASC for short.

 

Even though the TASC has replaced the GED, it does not mean work already completed by students on the GED is lost.  Scores on passed sections of the GED can be combined with scores from the TASC, but only through the end of the year.

 

“If you’ve been working toward earning your high school equivalency diploma with the GED, it is important to get prepared for the TASC right away so you won’t lose your previous work,” says Gail Boone, NBCT and Adult Basic Education Instructor at the Cabell County Career Technology Center.  “Students should not be intimidated by the new test.  It is different than the GED in that it is eventually going to be aligned with Common Core standards, but it’s not necessarily any harder.  And, Cabell County is fortunate to have two Adult Basic Education (ABE) centers where we can offer students all the support they need as they prepare to take the test.”

 

The two Adult Basic Education centers in Cabell County are located at the Cabell County Career Technology Center and at Mountwest Community and Technical College.  At these centers, certified teachers help prepare students for the readiness exam and for the final exam.  Thanks to an act of the West Virginia Legislature, services at these centers and the exams themselves are offered at no cost to students.  The Adult Basic Education centers assess a student’s strengths and weaknesses, and help students prepare for the tests by answering questions, offering guidance, and assisting students as they study.  Instructors can even help students enroll in an online study course, which is also offered at no cost. 

 

“What we’re trying to accomplish is to give students a second chance at completing their high school education,” says Boone.  “We want them to be able to either move on in their work or to further their education or vocational training.  Without a diploma, people find they just don’t have the choices and mobility that others do.”

 

Boone says one of the advantages of the new TASC is that it can be administered online.  To facilitate this, a dedicated computer testing lab is being prepared at the Adult Basic Education center at the Cabell County Career Technology Center.  The lab, which is planned to accommodate 30 test-takers at a time, is slated to be completed by the end of February. 

 

To learn more about earning your high school equivalency diploma, you can visit the Adult Basic Education centers during the following hours:

 

Cabell County Career Technology Center

8:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday and Friday

8:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

 

Mountwest Community and Technical College

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Thursday

 

For more information, please contact Gail Boone, NBCT and Adult Basic Education instructor at the Cabell County Career Technology Center, by calling (304) 528-5106; or, you can reach Tara Fry, ABE Instructor at Mountwest Community and Technical College, by calling (304) 710-3422.

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