December 18, 2012 | Vol. 73 No. 21

GED testing at Goodwill

Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania now offers computer based GED® testing at its Workforce Development Center (WDC) in Lawrenceville to make the scheduling and testing experience easier, more flexible, and faster for test takers.

The GED credential is a gateway for adults to find jobs or better-paying jobs, enter workforce or college training programs, and better support themselves and their families.

Goodwill provides the new computer testing capability in partnership with GED Testing Service®, a joint venture of the American Council on Education and Pearson VUE, an international education and information company. The test is taken on computer but not online. The official GED test must be taken in-person at an official GED testing center.

The test on computer is the same as the test offered on paper. Its accompanying systems provide several benefits for both the testing center and GED test-takers, including an introduction to basic keyboarding and computer skills, enhanced test security, flexible testing appointments with no current waitlist, instant test scores, and one-stop online registration and scheduling.

“Computer use and keyboarding skills are common requirements in the workplace today,” Judy Martier, director of education, assessment and training said. “By taking the GED test on a computer, individuals demonstrate their mastery of these basic technology skills and are better prepared to enter the workforce.”

In addition to computer-based testing, Goodwill also offers free adult education classes covering skills needed to pass the GED test and to help people transition into jobs or post-secondary education. Classes are available at sites in Allegheny County.

All candidates for the GED credential are welcome to take the test on computer at the Goodwill testing center regardless of whether they have taken the preparation classes through Goodwill. Individuals who have not taken any portion of the paper-based GED test since 2002 are eligible to take the test on computer.

Testing is available weekdays and can be scheduled through the website www.GEDcomputer.com.

For additional information and registration, contact Dan Seidling, test administrator, at 412-632-1847 or daniel.seidling@goodwillswpa.org.

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