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December 4, 2013

Big changes

GED to impact students, local labor market

Changes to the General Educational Development test starting next year could have a long-lasting and unintentional impact on the Danville area.

Next week, the 2002 version of the GED test will be administered on paper for the last time at Danville Area Community College for students who have previously taken the GED test.

“This is their last chance,” Laura Williams, adult education director, said. “You’re going to lose all your gains if you don’t finish.”

After next week the slate will be wiped clean for those who have made previous attempts on the GED before a host of changes to the exam take place starting Jan. 1. Some of the changes include: the GED being taken on a computer; the cost to take the test increasing from $50 to to $120; and the exam becoming more rigorous with students being tested on content standards that are aligned to K-12 curriculum.

To give next week’s test-takers a boost, the DACC Adult Education Department has scheduled two GED cram sessions, one today and a final one that is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Thursday in Prairie Hall on DACC’s campus.

Tutors will be available for each of the subject areas: reading, writing/essay, social studies, math, science and the U.S. and Illinois constitutions.

The session is a free service and is open to anyone who resides in the DACC district, but they do not have to be a current DACC student to attend. Participants, however, must be signed up to take the GED test on Dec. 10 and 11.

“Anybody can just walk in,” Williams said.

The changes to the GED are not going to affect only students. The Vermilion County Regional Office of Education has been in charge of administering the test on DACC’s campus, but starting Jan. 1 DACC will be licensed by a private contractor to be a GED assessment center.

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