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Adult education students now elgible to take GED test at no cost

MONTGOMERY, AL - Students enrolled in a Department of Postsecondary Education-funded adult education program will be eligible to take the General Educational Development (GED) Test at no cost to them. 

For those who failed to complete high school, obtaining a GED can be the first step to getting a job, or a better job, with opportunities for advancement and higher wages.  For others it can be the first step on a journey to lifelong learning.  Whatever the motivation, obtaining a GED credential can have a life-changing impact. 

Preparing for the GED is an important first step.  Students who prepare for the GED test do better than those who rely solely on previous high school knowledge, and test takers who participate in study courses as part of an Adult Education Program do even better.  The fee waiver represents not only a savings of $50 to the student, but also provides an incentive to prepare for the test in a setting which has resulted in successful passing scores.

Adult Education classes funded by the Department of Postsecondary Education are offered in every county in Alabama.  During a recent twelve-month pilot project, qualified students who attended classes and participated in approved study courses and practice tests received much higher scores, and were much more likely to pass the GED, than those who did not.

"These results confirm the value of our Adult Education and GED Testing programs," said Susan Price, vice chancellor for Instructional and Student Services.

Additionally, a State Board of Education policy authorizes the Alabama Community College System's member institutions to award up to three semester hours of course work to those earning a GED credential in Alabama on or after July 1, 2002. 

Some 800,000 Alabamians age 16 and older do not have a high school diploma or GED, a disadvantage that may result in limited career options, lower paychecks, and difficulty in providing for their families.

"Adult education programs, providing classes at over 300 sites, open the door to academic achievement for individuals in all 67 of Alabama's counties, enabling every citizen to have an opportunity for a better life," stated Price. "When they succeed, Alabama succeeds."

There are 51 official GED Test Centers located across the state. Thirty-eight of the centers are on campuses of Alabama's two-year colleges, and the remaining centers are at four-year universities, county/city boards of education, the Department of Youth Services, and the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind.

For more information, visit ACCS' web site at http://www.accs.cc/AdultEduDivision.aspx where a list of adult education providers may be found.  Or, call toll free at 1-800-392-8086.        

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