Learn about new changes on GED® exam at library

As of January 2, 2014, significant changes have been made to the GED® exam, the test given for a high school equivalency credential as an alternative to earning a high school diploma.

Fort Bend County Libraries will present an informative session on the changes to the GED exam at a special program, “GED 2014,” on Saturday, February 1, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, at the Mamie George Branch Library, 320 Dulles Avenue in Stafford.

Lynn Harpham, GED Instructor at the Stafford Adult Basic Education Center, will discuss the changes that have been implemented on the exam so that students will be better prepared to take the new test in the future. “Whether students have attempted the GED previously, or if this is their first time, there is important information in this presentation which will help students attain success,” says Harpham.

Also known as a General Equivalency Diploma or the General Education Diploma, the GED technically stands for General Educational Development. The only high school equivalency credential recognized in all 50 states, the GED consists of five topics: reading, writing, math, science and social studies. Passing the GED test gives those who did not complete high school the opportunity to earn their high school equivalency credential in the United States, Canada, or abroad.

According to the American Council on Education, the GED® test has opened doors to better jobs and college programs for more than 18 million graduates since it was developed in 1942. Last year nearly 800,000 adults sat for the GED test, which is accepted by virtually all U.S. colleges and employers.

The program at the library is free and open to the public. For more information, call the branch library at 281-238-2880 or the library’s Public Information Office at 281-341-2677.

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