The College of Southern Maryland will offer General Educational Development computer-based (GED) testing at the La Plata Campus beginning March 25.
The current wait for the paper-based version of the GED is at least three monthsoften longer, said CSM Student Success Center Director Ronda Jacobs, who added that the paper-based testing will be phased out by December 2013 and, beginning January 2, 2014, all GED testing in the state of Maryland will be computer-based.
The computer-based version of the GED is in five parts. The cost is $30 for each part or $120 for the entire series. The sections can be taken at different times, spreading out the testing by days or weeks. While the cost of the computer-based GED test series is almost three times that of the paper-based GED, being able to take the test during the same week that one registers for the test and a much faster turn-around time for results is a benefit that the paper-based testing cannot offer, said Jacobs.
Registration for taking the GED at CSMs La Plata Campus is through Pearson Vue. Testers can schedule exams between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
“CSM has always supported life-long learning and life-long learners. It is never too late to go back to school, as our graduating classes can attest to. It is not unusual to have teens through retirees walk across the stage to accept that hard-earned diploma. And to this end, the testing centers, with the full support of the college and the tri-county area, are investing in the future of our citizens. We are helping future students improve their earning potential, one class and one test at a time,” said Jacobs.
CSMs La Plata Campus is one of only three testing centers in the pilot launch for computer-based GED testing in Maryland. CSM is working with Pearson Vue to certify the Prince Frederick and Leonardtown campuses for computer-based GED testing.
To register for the GED at CSMs La Plata Campus, visit www.gedcomputer.com.
For information on CSM, visit www.csmd.edu.