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STC to offer GED testing information sessions

POSTED: January 23, 2012 11:54 a.m.

SAVANNAH—Savannah Technical College will offer general information sessions about GED testing at 2 p.m. on Jan. 25 and Feb. 22 and at 10 a.m. on Feb. 8. The one-hour sessions will be held at the STC Savannah Campus, 5717 White Bluff Road in the Academic Commons Building, Room B126.

“The information sessions will help anyone thinking about testing, currently testing, or studying for the GED,” said STC’s Executive Director of Adult Education Jermaine Whirl. “We’ll provide information on opportunities and options available to students after receiving their GED.”

STC offers testing sites at its Savannah (bi-monthly) and Liberty County (quarterly) Campuses. The exam is 7.5-hours in length. Applicants may pay $95 for the full exam (all five parts), or pay $19 for each part of the exam (writing, social studies, science, math, and reading). Applicants must register one week in advance for the exams. The GED is currently offered as a paper/pencil exam at Savannah Technical College. Beginning this spring, it will also be offered as a computer-based test in addition to the paper/pencil exam.

The information sessions will cover resources to prepare for the exam. These resources are available online, in the STC library, local bookstores, and in the Savannah Technical College’s Adult Education preparation program.

According to the 2010 GED Testing Program Statistical Report, the exam has a national average pass rate of 72.4 percent. To help students successfully pass the exam, Savannah Tech’s Adult Education GED preparation program provides free instruction. There are no admission costs for GED preparation courses.

In FY2011 (June 1, 2010-July 31, 2011), 2,600 students attended an adult education program in one of STC’s four county areas, and 1,048 students obtained their GED. Additionally, 67 percent of STC’s graduates began a college-level program at Savannah Tech. There are also dual enrollment opportunities for some certificate programs in which a student may work on their GED, while working to obtain a college certificate.

For more information about the GED informational sessions, contact Savannah Tech’s GED chief examiner Tracy Allen (912) 443-5825 or tallen@savannahtech.edu.

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