GED Face to Face Preparation
We know that attaining a GED® is important to you and would like to help you reach your goals as quickly as possible. Below is information that will help guide and inform you, but we are always happy to help you if you still have questions.
What kind of GED® preparation assistance is available to me through the St. Philip’s College Academy of Professional and Personal Enrichment?
- GED® Online preparation (for more information, visit http://www.alamo.edu/spc/online-ged-prep/
- Online GED preparation is also available through our partnership with ed2go (for more information, visit http://www.ed2go.com/spcappe)
- Face-to-face classes which provide a strong focus on mathematics and language arts, the two most difficult sections for students to pass (please see below for more specific information)
- These classes meet for a total of 72 hours
- All subjects are addressed, but the strongest focus is on math and language arts
- Cost of these classes is $150, which includes five months of free 24 hour/7 day access to Online GED Preparation
How can I take a free GED® practice test to see how ready I am for the official examination?
Free practice testing is available through the Testing Center. Please call (210) 486-2532 for more information.
Is there anything I should do BEFORE taking my free GED practice test?
Most definitely! You should never go in “cold” (that is, you should spend some time reviewing before you go in for the actual practice test). Many students who review in advance find that they are more confident of their skills and knowledge and also find that their scores are higher than they’d anticipated.
Are there any websites where I can review before taking the practice test?
We typically recommend the following free websites:
www.testprepreview.com (use the self-assessment modules)
Do you have some sort of checklist I can use to make sure I’m doing everything I need to do in order to succeed in attaining my GED®?
Glad you asked!
- Prepare for the practice test by visiting a free preparation website or using a good GED preparation book
- Take your practice test and receive a detailed assessment
- Register for classes, if you need them
- Take and pass the official GED® test
- Enroll in college classes!
2014 Changes to the GED® Test
The GED® test changed dramatically in January 2014. The most important factor you need to consider is that the test has changed in ways that make it more challenging and effective than ever.
The new test will focus more on exploring your academic and workforce skills. Here are some of the ways in which the test will change:
1. The test will take place completely on a computer.
- You will no longer be able to test using a booklet version of the examination
- The test will require you to have basic computer skills along with an understanding of how to use a mouse and keyboard
- You will need to understand how to scroll through passages, open new windows of text, and otherwise work with different items that come up on your computer monitor screen;
- Instead of five sections, you will now be testing in only four areas
- Language arts (which includes elements of both reading and writing areas)
- Social studies
- The new test will require that you have “prior knowledge” of the subject areas
- The social studies and science areas of the old test were primarily reading comprehension tests, and you did not necessarily need to know much about social studies or science
- The new test will address these subjects in a way that requires that you show you do have solid understanding and knowledge of social studies and science topics;
- The mathematics test will cover more types of operations and processes, including higher level math which was not typically included in the old test; and
- You will no longer have only multiple choice answers in some sections.
- Many questions will require that you type a short answer in response to a more complex question
- You may be asked to analyze what you’ve read, to compare and/or contrast different viewpoints, or to otherwise show that you can think critically about the material or passage you’ve read
- You will be asked to respond at length and in writing (by typing up your answer) in order to show that you can think critically and respond using standard English conventions.
Hopefully, you can see that the changes are meant to evaluate how workforce- and college-ready you are. This is a positive change, but it also means that you will have to be even more academically prepared in order to pass the test. You will also have to be skilled at working with a computer, keyboard, and mouse in order to make good use of the time you are given for testing.
Face-to-Face GED 2014 Preparation
+ Online GED Preparation
We offer face-to-face classes to help you prepare for the new 2014 GED examination. All of these classes include 72 hours of face-to-face instruction with experienced instructors AND five months of free unlimited access to our online GED preparation program. This combination allows you to benefit from class time and then work on your own at your convenience.
If you are the type of student who needs an instructor to explain things but who then also will work independently to reinforce what you’ve learned in class, our combination class is right for you.
Here’s what you can expect:
- 36 hours of face-to-face math instruction
- 24 hours of face-to-face language arts instruction
- 12 hours of combined face-to-face social studies and science instruction
- Unlimited access to online preparation, including practice tests
The cost* of this class is $150 and includes free access to the online GED preparation program.
(*Please note: the cost does NOT include books and necessary class supplies like notebooks and pens/pencils. Neither does the cost include the test itself, for which you must sign up and pay separately when you are ready to take the examination.)
Our next session will start March 2, 2015