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NPC launches pilot program to improve GED exam success

Beginning in January, individuals wanting to register for the General Education Development (GED) exam at any Northland Pioneer College location or at Chinle High School must first complete two-part orientation designed to improve their chances of successfully completing the GED exam. Each part is approximately seven hours long.

This pilot program is supported by a grant from the Arizona Department of Education, Adult Education Division. The program's purpose is to increase the GED pass rate and to assure that GED candidates are well informed about the GED, including agencies that can help pay their GED test fee, and about opportunities available to them following successful completion of the GED.

Initially these orientation sessions will be offered monthly at the four NPC campuses. GED candidates at other locations may qualify for individualized orientation sessions. For session dates and locations, contact The Learning Cornerstone (TLC) at any NPC campus or center, or visit

As part of the registration process, you may need to verify your U.S. residency status. Your local NPC campus or center will provide details about required documentation.

There is a $75 charge to take the GED exam. Any re-tests are charged $12 per exam. GED exams are administered monthly in Show Low and Holbrook. Questions about the new orientation completion requirements should be directed to GED Chief Examiner MaryLou Costales, (928) 532-6114, or toll-free (800) 266-7845, ext. 6114. For questions about adult education courses available through The Learning Cornerstone (TLC), contact Heidi Fulcher, Dean of Developmental Services, (928) 289-6536, or (800) 266-7845, ext. 6536.

GED candidates and all new adult basic education students will benefit from "Opportunities Through Education," TLC-099. Adult basic education students enrolling after the semester has begun will be required to enroll in this course. Students will be introduced to the advantages of education, learn tips for success, set goals, and discover how the TLC and other services can support their learning. Everyone will take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) and prepare a writing sample.

Before students leave the first day, or within a couple of days, placement results from the TABE and writing sample will result in a recommendation to either visit the local TLC to sign up for classes, or, if they are close to being ready to pass the GED, to attend the second course, "Orientation to the GED," TLC 058. During this class, students will learn more about the skills needed to pass the GED, complete a career inventory, take a GED practice test, and receive information about academic opportunities for GED completers. During the Spring 2008 semester, these opportunities include six-credit NPC tuition waivers and textbook scholarships for GED completers who used NPC's TLC to prepare for the exam. Participants may also be eligible for financial assistance to pay their GED test fee.

At the end of the second course, students will get a GED Test Referral Form with either a recommendation to sign up for the GED test or for additional GED preparation classes. A student may choose to take the GED test against the recommendation for classes.

The requirement for completing the GED orientation classes is designed to improve the success rate of those taking the exam, thus saving the cost of re-testing.

The Learning Cornerstone offers courses in developmental reading, writing, math, study skills, and English language acquisition. These classes help students prepare for college work, improve their basic education (ABE), prepare for the GED, or improve their English language skills. Most classes are available at all 18 TLC locations.

Northland Pioneer College serves the residents of Navajo and Apache counties through four regional campuses and six centers with a variety of educational options for academic, career and technical and personal enrichment. NPC supports each student's educational goals through affordable tuition, small class sizes and caring, professional instructors. For more information about NPC programs and services, visit or call (800) 266-7845.

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