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Free GED practice tests offered to Horry County residents

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Free GED practice tests are being offered from October 26 to 30 to Horry County residents without a high school diploma or GED.

Find out more about the practice tests in a news release from Horry County Schools Adult and Community Education:

FREE GED PRACTICE TESTS AVAILABLE OCTOBER 26-30 AT

CONWAY AND MYRTLE BEACH ADULT EDUCATION CENTERS

CONWAY, SC – For a limited time, Horry County residents without a high school diploma or GED can take the first steps toward earning that high school credential by taking one of four free GED practice tests.

The opportunity to take a free practice test is designed to help students determine if they are ready to take and pass the official GED test. If not, the practice test will highlight which skills they need to work on to pass the test, and Horry County Schools Adult Education will offer personalized study plans. Students will also learn about other classes and resources such as earning a Work Keys® career readiness certificate, preparing for college, studying for the citizenship exam, or improving computer literacy skills.

Potential students who visit the Conway Education Center or Myrtle Beach Family Learning Center may take the GED Ready practice test Monday, October 26 through Friday, October 30 at Conway Education Center, 1601 Sherwood Drive, or Myrtle Beach Family Learning Center, 3101 Oak Street. Testing times are 8:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Friday. Several Adult Education satellite centers will offer the tests as well. The free tests are available on a first come/first served basis. Space is limited and students are encouraged to register early. To register or for more information, students may call Adult Education at 843-488-6200 or visit http://hcae.horrycountyschools.net.

According to research data at the GED Testing Service, the practice test, known as GED Ready, is more than 95% predictive of how someone will score on the actual GED test. Teachers and students can use the GED Ready as a real-time indicator of a student’s readiness. The detailed score report lists specific skills and knowledge the student needs to master to pass the GED test. The information helps adult education teachers customize student lessons and helps students focus on specific content, which decreases the amount of study time and cuts down on guesswork.

The GED test has opened doors to better jobs and college programs for more than 19 million graduates since 1942. Last year nearly 800,000 adults sat for the GED test, which is accepted by virtually all U.S. colleges and employers. As the creator of the one official GED test, GED Testing Service has a responsibility to ensure that the program continues to be a reliable and valuable pathway to a better life for the millions of adults without a high school diploma.

In addition to high school completion classes, Horry County Schools Adult Education provides  skills training for students to enroll in college, enlist in the military, or pursue a career. All students will complete a job skills assessment and earn a Work KeysÒ certificate, a portable credential that shows employers anywhere in the United States the achievement of a certain level of workplace employability skills.

Students may choose to pursue one of more than 1800 career pathways from the 16 nationally-recognized Career Clusters and receive targeted instruction to help them succeed in their post-secondary goals. Through partnerships with other local and state agencies, Adult Education is also able to provide specific learning labs and classes based on students’ interests. Students gain hands-on experience in areas such as business, health science, hospitality and tourism, and information technology.

Educational childcare is available for children up to age 5 whose parents are participating in Adult Education programs. Childcare is free, however parents must participate in Parent & Child Together time and parenting classes. Several English as a Second Language classes, from beginner to advanced, are also available, with students from more than 30 different countries.

Classes are open to any person age 17 or older who has officially withdrawn from school. Classes are held Monday through Friday and students may select from flexible day or evening time slots to accommodate their individual schedules. All registration, testing and course fees are free, as a result of business partnerships and grants between federal and state government entities and the SC Department of Education’s Office of Adult Education.

Registration, orientation and placement testing are held every Monday at 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at Conway Education Center, 1620 Sherwood Drive, and Myrtle Beach Family Learning Center, 3101 Oak Street. For more information and to register, visit http://hcae.horrycountyschools.net or call the Adult Education Office at 843-488-6200. All Adult Education programs and services are available at both Conway Education Center and Myrtle Beach Family Learning Center; limited services are available at satellite centers in Carolina Forest, Finklea, Little River/Longs and North Myrtle Beach

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