PICKENS COUNTY — The Pickens County Adult Learning Center is now offering computer-based GED tests, making the ALC the first computer-based testing site in its region.
The two next-closest computer-based testing sites are in Columbia and Rock Hill. According to the GED Testing Service, the failure rate of students taking the test on a computer is about half that of those taking the test on paper. Also, students are typically able to complete the exam about an hour and a half more quickly on a computer than on paper.
“It takes longer to fill out bubbles on a paper and pencil test than to click the right answer on a computerized test,” said ALC director, Dr. Mary Gaston. “Also, the writing portion of the test goes faster when students can type their answers instead of hand-writing them.” Students will have the same amount of time to complete the computerized test as they have had to complete the paper test.
Beginning January 1, 2014, all GED testing in South Carolina will be computerized, and the test will be revised based on Common Core Standards, Gaston said.
“Another big advantage is that students will be able to take the test in a way that is best suited for them,” Gaston said. Computerized testing will allow the ALC to proctor different sections of the test at the same time, and will allow test takers to begin their tests at different times rather than having to come all at once.
Testing hours at the ALC will be from 12:30-4:30 p.m. on Mondays. The ALC is located at 106 Glazner Street, Easley.