By Michael Ormsby
The GED Academy has unveiled an innovative online GED practice test that helps adults who have difficulty studying for the GED® exam and testing their own abilities. Many potential GED candidates never learned how to learn. They struggle with traditional classroom environments and test-taking materials. The GED practice test is one example. A traditional pen-and-paper GED sample test requires hand-scoring, and GED candidates often aren’t skilled enough to evaluate their own performance, especially on the GED writing test essay. A practice test for GED candidates often requires a lot of support, and community programs aren’t well funded.
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Throughout the country, individuals, communities, and businesses are recognizing the need for in-person or online GED programs to develop undereducated adults into a viable workforce. “GED graduates are a vital component of a globally competitive workforce that strengthens existing business and supports economic growth and development in Virginia,” says the Virginia Department of Education. Virginia has created a goal of 20,000 new GED graduates per year, recognizing the problems raised by a staggering 30 million American adults without a high school diploma.
The level of support for adult basic education varies widely, from the high level of commitment found in Virginia to areas where community groups are struggling to find funding sources. Adult secondary education programs need to take advantage of technology to compensate for the funding gap.
The new online GED practice test is a perfect example of how technology can help underfunded programs. The GED practice test is built for the web, so it can run on nearly any computer that can browse the Internet in addition to a growing pool of smartphones, including the iPhone, Droid, and some Blackberry models. Built according to the guidelines of the American Council on Education GED Testing Service®, each GED subject has an initial GED practice test online, plus two complete half-length GED practice tests. A set of exams is included for the GED reading test, GED writing test (including a graded essay), GED mathematics test, GED science test, and GED social studies test. The exams have the same content as a traditional pen-and-paper GED practice test.
The difference is the need for support in taking GED online practice tests, calculating the GED results, and understanding the GED testing scores. The online GED testing gives immediate feedback and computerized scoring, translating the number of right and wrong answers into information that the student can use. The goal is to give students a tool to target their studying toward areas they need to improve.
The online GED practice test even includes the essay portion of the GED writing test, and essays are scored by GED Academy instructors. It’s something individual students can’t do for themselves, and it’s very time consuming for community program instructors to grade essays.
The easy-to-use technology is typical of The GED Academy’s online GED courses, which include complete Flash-based online GED classes, with a guarantee that learners will pass the GED test. You can try a sample free online GED practice test, or a sampling of online GED courses for free.
Michael Ormsby is the president of the GED Academy and oversees software and curriculum for adult learners and people with educational challenges. For more information, visit passGED.com. Michael can be contacted by telephone at 800-460-8150.