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Zaundra Brown
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Computer Based GED Testing Available At Georgia Piedmont Tech

March 27, 2013

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) is the largest provider of general education development or GED instruction in the state of Georgia serving more than 6,500 individuals in 2012. GPTC now offers GED testing by computer at the college's Starnes Center in Clarkston and Covington Campus in Newton County.  The GED credential is the equivalent of a high school diploma.  

"We help more students earn their GED than any other institution or organization in the state" says Tina Horne, GPTC's GED Chief Examiner. "Now we offer convenient access to computer-based testing that enables individuals to finish the test faster and with better results."

Generally, results show that the computer-based test is faster and pass rates are better than for the paper version of the test. After one year of successful implementation, and with more than 40,000 tests delivered across 35 states, GED Testing Service has found that adults who take the GED test on computer are passing at higher rates and finishing faster.  The tests are also offered in Spanish.

Based on data from GED Testing Service the failure rate for computer testers is about half that of those taking the paper test; adults were 59 percent more likely to retake a failed test; and on average adults who tested on computer finished an hour and a half faster than those using paper and pencil.  The computer-based test is the same test currently offered using paper and pencil.

"Computer-based testing also offers other benefits and conveniences" states Horne, "including online registration, payment, and scheduling. Testing flexibility allows test-takers to select the order in which exam sections are taken and instant unofficial scoring of the test, except writing scores which are provided within five days, eliminates weeks of waiting for results".

GED Testing Service introduced the new computer-based delivery system in 2012 to help prepare adults for the launch of the new GED test in 2014. Individuals who have started the current GED test but have not passed each section have until the end of 2013 to do so. Otherwise, their scores will expire and they will be required to start over again with the new 2014 GED test, which takes effect January 1, 2014.

For additional information about the GED test or if you have questions concerning test scheduling, cost, registration, and/or payment call (404) 297-9522.  For information about enrolling in adult education classes contact Georgia Piedmont Technical College Adult Education Department at (404) 297-9522, ext. 4000.

Georgia Piedmont Technical College conducts computer- and paper-based GED testing on the following days at the following times:

Computer-based GED testing

Location: Paul M. Starnes Center
Classroom #104
1085 Montreal Rd.
Clarkston, GA 30021
Newton Campus Building D
Classroom #166B
8100 Bob Williams Parkway
Covington, GA 30014
Hours: Monday and Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Monday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Paper-based GED Testing

Location:   Paul M. Starnes Center
Classroom #104
1085 Montreal Rd.
Clarkston, GA 30021
Hours: Thursday (with registration being held the
Tuesday prior to testing, at 10 a.m. or 4 p.m.)

Saturday (with registration being held the
Tuesday prior to testing, at 10 a.m. or 4 p.m.)

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About Georgia Piedmont Technical College
Established in 1961, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) is one of the top technical colleges in Georgia. As a student-centered institution, GPTC prepares individuals with the skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing, global economy. In August 2016, Georgia Piedmont was ranked among the top ten technical colleges in terms of enrollment by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. GPTC’s graduation rate is more than 74.3 percent, and its graduates secure employment at a level resulting in a 98.7 percent placement rate. With nearly 4,000 students, Georgia Piedmont’s adult education program is among the largest in the state. The college has 12 learning centers in DeKalb, Newton, Rockdale and Morgan counties. As set forth in its student catalog, Georgia Piedmont Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, sex, religion, disability, age, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, veteran status, or citizenship status (except in those special circumstances permitted or mandated by law). Contact Lisa Peters, the ADA Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1154, or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-170; or Dr. Debra Gordon, the Title IX Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1176, or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-103 for assistance. For more information about our graduation rates and other important program information, please visit our website at

A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.