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State Funding Helps Those Who Qualify with the Cost of Taking the GED

June 26, 2014
Nancy McDonald

Nancy McDonald, director of Adult Education at Bevill State Community College, congratulates a student on accomplishing her goal of obtaining a GED.


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Reprinted with permission by the Daily Mountain Eagle.

For those wanting to further their opportunities in education or employment, Bevill State Community College recently received funding from the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education allowing those who qualify to save money on taking the GED test. 

The testing fee will allow qualifying individuals to save up to $100 of the total GED test fee of $120. Also, a full waiver of the $24 GED Ready test fee is available for those who qualify as well. Nancy McDonald, director of adult education at BSCC, said the test has gotten “more rigorous” this year after it was updated in January.

“The biggest message that I want to get across is that it is a more complex test. It’s a little more involved in getting registered to take the test,” McDonald said, “but we are having some success with it in our program and we’d love to help anyone who would take us up on our service.” 

Before January, McDonald said the test hadn’t been updated since 2002. The reason for the updated test is to ensure that individuals are better prepared for college and/or to enter the workforce.

There are four parts that make up the GED test now: reasoning through language arts, mathematical reasoning, science and social studies. The fee for each part is $30, or $120 for all four. The test fee waiver covers $25 per part of the test or up to $100 for the entire test, which means the qualifying test-taker would then only have to pay $5 per part or $20 to take all four parts of the test.

The GED Ready test, also known as the practice test for the GED test, has four parts as well. And, similar to the GED test, each part of the test can be taken separately. The press release states that, “The test fee for each part of the GED Ready test is $6. The test fee waiver for qualifying individuals is $6 per test part or $24 for all four parts.” 

The requirements for someone to be eligible for the fee waivers is that a student must be enrolled in a state approved GED Preparation class and have attended at least 15 hours of class time. Other requirements are as follows: 

For the GED Ready test fee waiver, a student must test at the ninth-grade level or above on the “A” level of the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE).

• For the GED test fee waiver for one of the four parts of the GED test, a student must make a score of 150 or better on that same part of the GED Ready test.

• For a test fee waiver for all four parts of the GED test, a student must score 150 or better on all four parts of the GED Ready test.

McDonald said Bevill State offers free state approved GED classes — day, evening and online — at 16 locations within the communities Bevill serves. Local venues in Walker County include Bevill-Sumiton, Jasper Area Family Services Center, Walker County Career Center, the Jasper Housing Authority and at Carbon Hill High School.

Those who are interested in learning more information and viewing practice test questions can visit online at McDonald said a plethora of information is available on the website for students, test-takers and educators. To create an account, you will need a valid email address and be able to access your account.

“In January, it was all new and we spent a great deal of time trying to figure out what exactly is going on with this new test ... Now that it’s here, we’re starting to see some of our students pass the test successfully, and our teachers are figuring out how we can best help our students,” McDonald said. “... It’s more intense and the content is a little more rigorous, but at the same time, it’s still reading, writing and mathematics. They’re just changing the way they’re asking the questions and changing the way that they’re asking the tester to respond to the questions.”

For more information you may contact Nancy McDonald at (800) 648-3271, ext. 5677.

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