Georgia’s adult learners who want to improve their education have easy access to free programs that offer adult education and GED preparation through the Technical College System of Georgia’s Office of Adult Education.
The only cost adult learners have to pay is the GED test fee. Now, for the first time since 2007, that fee is set to rise in July to $32.00 for each part of the test under the plan approved May 3 by the state board that oversees TCSG.
The total cost for the five-part test will be $160.00 and goes into effect July 1 after the TCSG, its colleges, including Altamaha Technical College, and the local testing centers work to inform Georgians about the price change.
The new price structure applies to all current tests and coincides with the nationwide implementation of a computer-based GED test. The TCSG Office of Adult Education is currently piloting the computer-based test at two technical college locations and plans to implement it at all GED testing centers statewide by year-end.
This is the first price increase for the GED test in five years, when the previous cost for each of the five test components rose from $13.00 to the current $19.00 (or $95.00 for the full test battery). The new price factors in the cost of the development, implementation, delivery and use of the test, including the computer-based version.
Evaluations from more than 600 GED test-takers who took the computer-based test at the two pilot test centers at Gwinnett Technical College and Ogeechee Technical College have been positive about the experience. Even students with minimal computer skills found the experience was easier than they first thought.
Altamaha Technical College offers GED test preparation at its 15 Academic Support Centers in the seven county service delivery area of Appling, Camden, Glynn, Jeff Davis, Long, McIntosh and Wayne. The College delivers the GED test in a paper format at the Academic Support Centers in Baxley, Jesup, Brunswick and Kingsland. Computer-based GED tests are scheduled to begin at the Brunswick and Jesup locations by mid-June.
To learn more about enrolling in free GED test preparation class at a nearby Altamaha Technical College Academic Support Center, call 1-800-645-8284, ext. 3. To learn more about registering for one of Altamaha Technical College’s more than 80 degree, diploma and certificate programs, contact the Office of Admissions at 1-800-645-8284 or go online to www.altamahatech.edu. Scholarships and financial aid are available. Summer Semester begins May 21.