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GED Program
Orientation Dates

The GED Program prepares a learner for the General Educational Development (GED)® test that scores reasoning through Language Arts, Mathematics Reasoning, Science Reasoning and Social Studies Reasoning. It is taken by students who have never received their high school diploma.

The procedure for enrolling
in the GED Class:

  1. Call the office.
  2. Schedule for orientation.
  3. Take an assessment.
  4. Meet with GED teacher.
  5. Begin class.
  6. Stay committed.

GED Class:

  1. Learner may start at any time.
  2. Learner studies basic skills in math, English, social studies, and science.
  3. The hours in class vary according to the learner's readiness to take the GED® test.
  4. Instruction is individualized; the learner moves at his/her own pace.
  5. Learner must score at a 9th grade or above reading level.
  6. Once competence is reached in all areas, learner registers for the GED® test.
  7. Learner takes GED® test.

Pre-GED Class:

  1. Learner scores below 9th grade reading
    level on assessment.
  2. Learner may elect one-on-one tutoring if unable to attend regular scheduled Pre-GED class.

GED Testing Site:

Crawford County READ Program Testing Center
(Computer-Based Testing Center)

640 Walnut Street
P.O. Box 1165
Meadville, PA 16335

Phone: 814-337-7323
Fax: 814-337-1250

Major Changes to GEDŽ test

The GED® test was launched in 1942 to help veterans returning from WW II to qualify for entry level jobs. Over the years, changes in the test have paralleled demands of workforce preparedness. The current test, introduced in 2002, includes higher math, calculator use, essay writing, and questions requiring application of knowledge.

Workforce demands continue to increase, including the need for certifications and degrees. So on January 2, 2014, the GED® test is changing again. To maintain value, the new GED® test measures skills that indicate potential to embark on a career path leading to family sustaining employment. Passing the 2014 GED® test continues to serve as high school equivalency, but contingent upon the level of scores received, also serves as an indicator of readiness for career training or college.

The 2014 test consists of four subtests: Reasoning through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science and Social Studies. "Depth of Knowledge" is the framework of the new test. Test items are more complex, requiring multiple cognitive steps to arrive at the answer. Testers will use skills such as: predicting outcomes, using contextual cues, summarizing from multiple sources, formulating mathematical models, organizing information, and interpreting graphs. The 2014 test is computer-based rather than paper-pencil. Testers need to have basic computer skills; answer will require drag and drop, fill-in the blank with short answers or extended responses, use of hot spots (e.g. points on a graph), and drop down selections.

The Crawford County READ Program provides a Pearson VUE® National Testing Center for the GED® test and over a hundred other tests. The cost has been set at $120 for the full test and $30 for retesting. Persons wishing to study for their GED® test should be referred to the Crawford County READ Program at (814) 337-7323.


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