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New course helps students assess whether
they are ready to pass the GED® exam

May 22, 2015

Image of students in a computer lab. CCRI will offer classes this summer to help students determine whether they are prepared to take the GED® exam.

The Community College of Rhode Island will offer a program called GED® Ready this summer to help students better prepare for the GED® exam, which became computerized in January 2014.

Angela-Ann Salvadore, Transition Pathways coordinator in the college's Workforce Partnerships, which oversees adult basic education programs, said students seeking to attain a GED® credential generally have found the test's content and form to be more challenging since it moved onto the computer.

"We're trying to find ways to help students pass this test," she said. "One of the things that this GED® Ready program does is to tell students if they are likely to pass, not likely to pass or it's too close to call."

Salvadore said that the state no longer requires students to take a pretest before taking the exam, but she has found that students who do not take the pretest are overwhelmed and underprepared.

"The GED® exam is timed, and there's not time to figure out the computer interface for the first time while you're trying to take the test. In GED® Ready, we give students an idea of what to expect from the test, as well as go over the computer skills they need," she said.

Students will complete practice tests in the four subjects: social studies, science, math and language arts. Salvadore will review individual test results and diagnostics with each student. The cost of the class is $20, and the only requirement is that students have a valid email address.

The two-day classes will run from 9 a.m. to noon on the following dates: June 10 and 11; July 15 and 16; and Aug 11 and 12 in Room 2120 at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln; and June 17 and 19; July 29 and 31; and Aug. 5 and 7 in Room 2243 at the Liston Campus in Providence. For more information or to enroll, contact Salvadore at 401-455-6140.

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