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CCC announces new GED score changes, performance levels
CLARKSDALE – If you recently attempted to take the GED exam, but missed passing by a few points, then a recent announcement may offer you the opportunity to obtain your GED credentials without retaking the test.

CCC announces new GED score changes, performance levels

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - bdavis@coahomacc.edu

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Mon Feb 1, 2016

CLARKSDALE – If you recently attempted to take the GED exam, but missed passing by a few points, then a recent announcement may offer you the opportunity to obtain your GED credentials without retaking the test.

GED Testing Services recently announced new changes to the GED Test that includes a recalibration of the high school equivalency exam’s score and the addition of two new performance levels.

As part of the changes, the passing score for the test has moved from 150 to 145. As a result, those individuals who have attempted to take the GED since Jan. 1, 2014 and scored a 145 to 149 will now receive their high school equivalency credential.

C:\fakepath\Tamara2.jpgCoahoma Community College’s GED/Adult Basic Education (ABE) Director Tamara Washington-Travis said those students affected by the score change should receive notifications, diplomas and transcripts from GED Testing Services on or around March 1, 2016.

“This announcement is most definitely a positive change for us,” said Washington-Travis. “We’re expecting to see many more students earn their degree because of this change.”

According to Washington-Travis said the change is a welcomed relief for many test-takers.

“Since the last change to the test that was Common Core driven, majority of those who attempted the test complained that it had become much more difficult,” she said. “Also being that the test became computerized, that presented an extra challenge—especially for those who are not computer literate.”

In Mississippi, an additional 637 individuals will now have their GED due to the score change.

Nationwide, more than 25,000 adults are now eligible to receive their High School Equivalency (HSE) Diploma.

In addition to the scoring change, the GED program will also now include two optional levels above high school equivalency to signify college readiness and, for some test-takers, the opportunity to earn college credits.

Those earning a score of 165 or higher can qualify for GED College Ready, used to signify readiness to enter credit-bearing college courses, and those earning 175 or higher can qualify for GED College Ready + Credit, which may qualify students for up to 10 hours of college credit.

Washington-Travis encourages anyone wanting to take the GED test to take advantage of GED classes and other resources offered at CCC’s Workforce Development Center.

“With these recent changes, there’s never been a better time to further your education and obtain your GED,” said Washington-Travis. “Getting your GED open up a world of opportunities—whether you aspire to attend college or go directly into the workforce.”

More information about CCC’s GED/Adult Education classes and other resources, contact Washington-Travis at (662) 621-4314 or twashington@coahomacc.edu.