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Adult Education/GED

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How will I benefit from passing the GED?

· Get a Better Job
The majority of jobs in the U.S. require a high school diploma.

· Continue Your Education
A Kansas State High School Diploma is accepted at over 95% of colleges and universities across the country.

· Feel Better About Yourself
By earning their diploma, many GED graduates experience a remarkable improvement in how they feel about themselves and their lives. It makes a difference!

· Increase Your Income
Income increase with your level of education. A better job usually means better pay. Over a lifetime, a GED graduate will earn $160,000 more than a high school dropout.

· Invest in Your Children
Educated parents have better educated children. Earning a Kansas State High School Diploma isn't only an investment in yourself; it is also an investment in the future of you children.

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What is a GED?

The initials GED stand for General Educational Development. The GED was created in 1942 during World War II. Originally, it was meant to allow veterans to quickly get a credential that would be equivalent to a high school diploma so that they could go on to college. Later, it was available to all adults. When a person passes the GED test, he receives a Kansas High School Diploma.

The GED Test measures how well someone has mastered the skills and general knowledge that are acquired in a four-year high school education. The test does not expect someone to remember numerous details, definitions, or facts. You are expected to demonstrate the ability to think about a variety of issues. You are tested on knowledge and skills you have acquired from life experiences, radio, television, books, newspapers, consumer products, and advertising. Therefore, one should not be at a disadvantage if he/she has been out of school for a period of time.

The GED Test has changed periodically to keep up with the knowledge and skills needed in our society. The last change was in January 2002. The changes reflect what a high school graduate in 2002 knows and can do. You must have a minimum of a 9th grade reading level. This means that you have the ability to read and understand newspapers, forms, and letters. You must also have the ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide by hand. Developing strong reading and thinking skills are the keys to succeeding on these tests. Regular study is also needed to earn your GED.


What is the GED Test?

The GED tests consist of five tests in the areas of :

Language Arts Writing Part I and Part II
Social Studies
Science
Language Arts Reading
Mathematics Part I and Part II

LANGUAGE ARTS, WRITING: This is a two-part test.
Part I - You will read passages of several sentences or real-life documents like resumes, reports, e-mails. In each you will be asked to correct grammar, sentence construction, spelling or other common writing mistakes. The test has 50 multiple-choice questions and is 75 minutes long.

Part II - You will write an essay of approximately 250 words on a topic familiar to most adults. The topic will be given to you at the start of the test and you will have 45 minutes to write your essay. The score for the Language Arts, Writing test is a combination of scores from Part I and The score from Part II.

SOCIAL STUDIES: In this test you will answer Economics, Geography, Civics and Government, and United States and World History questions. You will also interpret maps, charts, political cartoons, speeches, articles, and photographs. Questions will also come from the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, the Federalist Papers, and landmark Supreme Court decisions. The test has 50 multiple-choice questions and is 70 minutes long.

SCIENCE: In this test you will answer Life Science, Earth and Space Science and Physical Science questions. You will be asked questions requiring critical thinking and problem solving skills. The test has 50 multiple-choice questions and is 80 minutes long.

LANGUAGE ARTS, READING: In this test you will read stories, essays, plays, poetry, fiction, and possibly a review of a movie or television show. You may be asked to restate, summarize, or explain what you have read. You could also be asked to apply what you have read to another situation. The test has 40 multiple-choice questions and is 65 minutes long.

MATH: This is a two-part test.
Part I - This part allows the use of a Casio FX-260 Solar calculator.
Part II - This part does not allow the use of a calculator.
A basic knowledge of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division is required. Questions relating to Geometry, Algebra, data analysis, number operations, and problem solving will be included in both parts. In addition to multiple-choice answers, this test includes some "grid" type answer formats. The test has 50 multiple-choice questions and is 90 minutes long.

The questions in each of these tests require an individual to use general knowledge and problem solving skills. The content of the GED tests corresponds to what graduating high school seniors in the United States are expected to know.

An individual who successfully completes the GED Tests in Kansas receives a Kansas State High School Diploma from the Kansas Board of Regents. GED Tests are accepted as a valid means for awarding high school diplomas by all 50 states. The Kansas State High School Diploma is widely accepted as a suitable measure by employers and training programs. In addition, ninety-five percent of colleges and universities, including Allen Community College accept the Kansas State High School Diploma. Allen Community College offers a scholarship for those who complete the GED Test in scholarship range.

Who is eligible to take the GED Tests?

Individuals are eligible to take the tests if they are not enrolled in and have not graduated from an accredited high school. They must have a current Kansas picture ID. They must be a Kansas resident. They must be 18 years of age. If they are 16 or 17 years of age, they must present a signed Compulsory School Attendance Disclaimer form before registering to test.

How shall I prepare for the GED tests?

The official GED Practice Test battery must be passed with a minimum score of 450 on each of the five tests with an overall average of 500.

Monthly enrollment sessions are provided at Allen Community College and its Outreach Centers. The sessions include:

  • Assessment of reading, math, and writing skills
  • Goal Setting
  • Rights and Responsibilities of Students
  • Private consultation to determine individual educational plan

Free instruction for the GED test is offered at Allen Community College and its Outreach Centers. The Official GED Practice Tests must be passed with a standard score of 450 or better before an individual can register to take the Official GED Test.


What is the Cost?

Instruction is free. There may be a nominal material fee. The cost of the battery of tests is $85 which is non-refundable and non-transferable.

How long will it take to earn my GED?

Since everyone is different, there is no answer to this question. A lot depends on how long you stayed in school, your reading and math levels, your ability to think critically, and your willingness to study. We do know that people who study regularly, follow directions, and work hard may earn their GED more quickly than those who do not. We recommend studying at least 4 hours a day, 5 days a week.

How many tests can I take at one time?

The Official GED tests are scheduled for two half days: Language Arts Writing and Math are given the first day; Social Studies, Science, and Language Arts Reading are given the second day.

When will I know my scores?

The Scoring Service is done on-line and scores are available the day following the final testing session.

Where can I learn more?

Allen Community College -Iola Campus
1801 N. Cottonwood
Iola, Kansas 66749
620.365.5116

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