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Feb. 4, 2016
North Carolina Included in GED® Changes
Halifax Community College Test Takers post-Jan. 1, 2014 May Be Eligible for High School Equivalency Diploma, Revised Performance Levels
WELDON, N.C. – On January 26, 2016, GED Testing Service announced revisions to the "cut" or passing scores, as well as performance levels for its high school equivalency test, and is making those revisions retroactive to January 1, 2014, when the 2014 GED Test series was first released. North Carolina will join 32 states in recognizing these changes immediately, possibly resulting in as many as 700 new high school equivalency diploma holders in the state. Other states may require additional approval or rule changes to implement the new recommended revisions.

GED Testing Service is contacting those affected by the changes via email; however, test takers with questions can log into their MyGED.com account or go to http://www.gedtestingservice.com/testers/tester-score-change-faqs for information, according to Halifax Community College’s Dr. Tamba O. Thompson, director of literacy education.

The “cut” or passing score is being revised from 150 per test module to 145. Additionally, GED is recalibrating its performance levels to the following scale:
Performance Level 1: Below Passing (100-144) Performance Level 2: Pass/High School Equivalency (145-164) Performance Level 3: GED College Ready (165-174) Performance Level 4: GED College Ready + Credit (175-200)
Those who test at Performance Level 4 may be eligible for up to 10 semester hours of college credit as recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE®) College Credit Recommendation Service. The eligibility of the college credit is at the discretion of the local institution. For more information on ACE®, please visit http://www.acenet.edu/

"We are working with our GED state representative to ensure students and programs get the necessary information to implement this new change," said Dr. Lisa Chapman, Senior Vice President for Programs in the NC Community College System.

North Carolina’s 58 community colleges have the option of offering three high school equivalency tests: GED®, HiSET®, and TASC.

For more information on high school equivalency testing opportunities, please visit http://www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/college-and-career-readiness/high-school-equivalency or (OPTIONAL) contact Therman Taylor, chief GED examiner of Halifax Community College at (252) 536-6362.

Additional information on the GED Testing Service changes is available at GEDTestingService.com/Score-Changes.
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Halifax Community College strives to meet the diverse needs of our community by providing high-quality, accessible and affordable education and services for a rapidly changing and globally competitive marketplace.
Media Contact: Dr. Dianne Rhoades, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Halifax Community College and Executive Director of the Halifax Community College Foundation Inc., dbarnes-rhoades128@halifaxcc.edu, 252-536-7239