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The GED (General Educational Development) exam provides adults who did not complete high school the opportunity to certify their academic knowledge and skills.
Today, a high school diploma or GED remains the primary ticket to many entry-level jobs. In many cases, it’s also the prerequisite for advancement in employment, occupational training, and post-secondary education.
Texas consistently ranks as one of the highest states in the nation for adults taking the GED test (American Council on Education). Community and faith-based GED preparation centers work hard to help adults prepare for the exam, but many adult students struggle to pay the test fee, which can be as high as $100 at some testing sites in and around Tarrant County. You can help an adult student take this important step by contributing to our assistance fund for low income students who are ready to take the GED test.
The GED exam is composed of five separate tests, which take a total of seven and a half hours to complete: Language Arts Writing, Language Arts Reading, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics. Preparation classes focus on improving an adult's skills in these five areas by holding classes at least once a week. A few programs offer classes every day, although most classes meet twice a week for several hours each class period.
Almost all students need individual help and additional practice in order to successfully prepare for the exam. However, not every program is able to serve students on such an individualized basis because of the shortage of instructors. More volunteers are needed to help these students and more more pre-GED and GED preparation classes are needed.
Taking the GED test in Spanish allows Spanish-speaking adults with limited English skills to advance more quickly toward their educational and professional goals. Obtaining a GED allows Spanish-speaking students to enroll in higher education courses, attend English language classes at a community college, and/or obtain a more secure job.
However, there are very few Spanish GED preparation classes in the Tarrant County area. The Coalition hopes to increase the capacity of these programs by providing resources to the programs, while simultaneously matching Spanish-speaking adults with their services.
GED success is almost always dependent upon a student's participation in pre-GED and/or GED preparation classes. Programs provide information about the test structure, tips for testing strategy, and guidance from previous students, as well as actual instruction in the five GED test subject areas. In addition, through the support of the preparation class and the Coalition, students may apply for financial assistance to help with the cost of the GED exam.
Through the generosity of our donors, the Tarrant Literacy Coalition has established a Student Assistance Fund to help students who are ready to take the GED exam, but need some financial assistance to cover the cost of the actual test, which ranges from $70 to $100 depending on the testing site. Applications must be submitted to the Coalition by the student's instructor, and the student must have achieved high scores on the GED Official Practice in order to receive financial assistance. Please consider a donation to the Student Assistance Fund to help a student achieve this important milestone!
GED tests may not be taken online. If you would like to find more information about testing policies, locate the nearest GED testing center.