CHARLOTTETOWN – Hundreds of people are being encouraged to take another shot at successfully completing their GED tests.
Barb Macnutt, a GED administrator with the P.E.I. Department of Innovation and Advanced Learning, says about 800 people still need to pass one or more of the series of five tests in high school curriculum areas of writing, social studies, science, reading and mathematics.
She says more than 60 per cent are able to attain their General Educational Development diploma, which is the equivalent to a high school diploma, on the first try.
Many others come back within a couple of weeks to successfully complete a test or tests they failed the first time through.
However some, notes Macnutt, “put it off and put it off and put it off.’’
She says people are sent reminders to return to try to successfully complete the GED tests.
Anyone who has not passed one or more of the GED tests is encouraged to arrange a rewrite by calling Luann MacAusland at 902-368-4650.
Macnutt says the 800 or so who have yet to pass all five GED tests are urged to rewrite within one year any test or tests they have not passed.
Testing is typically revised every 10 years to ensure that the tests meet the present day demands of the labour market.
If tests are revised before a person successfully completes all five, they must then pass the five new tests even if they had already passed one or more of the previous tests.
New testing is not expected to be implemented until at least 2015.
Macnutt says people are generally pursuing a GED diploma to get into a post-secondary program or to go straight into a job.
Blair Gray, 45, of O’Leary has worked heavy equipment and has been driving trucks all his life.
He wanted a job with JVI Provincial Transportation and Safety Academy but his lack of education stood in the way.
So he pulled up his socks and hit the books. After two years, he earned his GED diploma in July.
“Just another one of those special moments in your lifetime, I guess,’’ he says of successfully passing the five GED tests with writing and reading proving the most challenging.
Immediately after he earned his diploma, he started work at JVI as a driver and as a driving instructor.
Already, he is thinking of further upgrading his education.
“I think it’s a good thing,’’ he says.
“We do quite a bit of reading in this type of work.’’
Also, he adds, improving his level of education is something worth doing “for my own satisfaction.’’