TCCC Included in Statewide GED®...

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Angela Jaco, college and career readiness program coordinator at TCCC.

Angela Jaco, college and career readiness program coordinator at TCCC.

Tri-County Community College (TCCC) will join fellow community colleges across North Carolina in immediately recognizing recent revisions announced by the GED® Testing Service, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2014, possibly resulting in as many as 700 new high school equivalency holders in the state.

“The revisions announced by the testing service involve changes to the passing scores and performance levels for the test,” said Angela Jaco, college and career readiness program coordinator at TCCC. “These revisions mark a significant shift for future, current and past test-takers at TCCC.”

“The changes will potentially add students to our graduation list from previous semesters,” Jaco said. “They also may help to bring students back to class who might have gotten discouraged after a practice test or a few weeks in class.”

GED® Testing Service announced the passing score is being revised from 150 per test module to 145. The new performance levels for the test follow a new scale, with Performance Level 1: Below Passing (100-144); Performance Level 2: Pass/High School Equivalency (145-164); Performance Level 3: GED® College Ready (165-174); and Performance Level 4: GED® College Ready + Credit (175-200).

North Carolina is among 33 states choosing to accept the changes proposed by the high school equivalency test provider. GED® Testing Service is contacting those affected by the changes via email, and test takers with further questions can log onto their MyGED.com account.

“Despite the changes being immediate, score reports won’t be updated until March 1,” Jaco said. “But if any test-taker scored between 145-149 beginning in Jan. of 2014, their status has been changed from fail to pass effective immediately.”

For more information on the high school equivalency program at TCCC, please contact Jaco at (828) 835-4256 or ajaco@tricountycc.edu, or log onto www.tricountycc.edu.