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NC to Use Revised GED Scores Immediately

WINTERVILLE—Students who took GED testing at Pitt Community College may be eligible for a high school equivalency diploma, after the GED Testing Service revised the test’s passing scores last month.

According to PCC Transitional Studies Director Laurie Weston, the revised scores affect students who took the GED test after Jan. 1, 2014. Thirty-three states, including North Carolina, are recognizing the changes immediately, which could result in as many as 700 new high school equivalency diploma holders in the Tar Heel State.

Weston said GED Testing Service is contacting individuals affected by the changes by email. She added that test takers with questions can log into their MyGED.com accounts or visit the GED Testing Service website, www.GEDtestingservice.com, for more information.

“We are working with our GED state representative to ensure students and programs get the necessary information to implement this new change,” said Lisa Chapman, N.C. Community College System (NCCCS) Senior Vice President for Programs.

The new high school equivalency passing score has been changed from 150 per test module to 145. GED’s newly recalibrated performance levels are as follows:

A press release issued by the NCCCS Career and College Readiness office stated that students who test at Performance Level 4 may be eligible for up to 10 semester hours of college credit, as recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE) College Credit Recommendation Service. She noted that the eligibility of college credit is at the discretion of the local institution.

The PCC Transitional Studies Department will offer students affected by the revised scores an opportunity to take a free class designed to assist them with navigating enrollment, application and placement testing processes at PCC. The course will also help them brush up on math, reading and writing skills needed for PCC placement testing and will include a new student orientation session to help them make successful transitions to college.

Weston said the classes will begin March 15. Evening and afternoon sessions, both on and off campus, will be offered, she said, adding that students can contact Tanya Bullock at (252) 493-7396 for more details.

Weston noted that new high school equivalency diploma recipients are invited to participate in PCC’s High School Equivalency graduation ceremony at the Greenville Hilton on May 11. She said invitations will be mailed next month and added that graduates may contact Bullock to update their address information before March 1.

North Carolina’s 58 community colleges have the option of offering three high school equivalency tests: GED, HiSET and TASC. PCC offers all three.

For more information on high school equivalency testing opportunities, please visit www.nccommunitycolleges.edu, or contact Mary Hopkins, PCC Chief High School Equivalency Examiner, at (252) 493-7606.