HOLT, Fla., Aug. 31, 2018–A GED prep course will be offered in Holt beginning in October for those who want to study for the General Education Diploma exams.
Sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Holt, the course will be taught by current and former teachers with experience in the four exam areas of knowledge.
The first class is scheduled Oct. 6 at 8 a.m. Books, computers and Internet connections will be provided.
“We provide the books and help,” said Steve Booe, one of the prep course instructors. “All the student has to provide is the time and effort.”
The GED test is made up of four subjects broken into four exams: math reasoning, reasoning through language arts, social studies and science. Each sectional test costs $32.
It’s not required to take the entire four-test package at one time. Participants can take them one at a time at an authorized testing location (see below) and space them out at their own pace.
According to the draft syllabus, the “course study covers the necessary language arts, science, math and social studies skills needed to pass the GED exam.”
However, until more students sign up for the prep sessions, it will be hard to know how to plan beyond the first session, said Booe.
“We have a foundation, but are flexible in what we need to do,” said Bo Fowler, a retired Escambia County school teacher for 31 years.
At the first session, everyone will take a pretest to evaluate what level of assistance is needed, Booe said.
“The test will tell us where they need to start,” Fowler said.
According to Booe, schedules will be adjusted to individual needs.
“There are a lot of people in this area who never completed their diplomas,” Booe said. “They’re fighting an uphill battle working full time. The thought of going to school when they’re not at work is pretty rough.
“We plan to accommodate whoever comes and fit whatever schedule they need,” he said.
The goal is for those who attend to successfully pass the GED and get their high-school equivalency certificate, said Booe.
“It’s doable on their part and our part. They just have to be committed to it,” he said. “The sooner people let us know they’re coming, the better we can prepare.”
Pamela Cassady, a former teacher, and Nikkie Watson at Baker School, are the other two individuals who are volunteering their expertise to help others earn their high school equivalency.
People wanting to sign up for the prep sessions can private message Steve Booe on Facebook or contact the First Baptist Church of Holt office at 850-537-6170.
Testing locations for this area are:
- Northwest Florida State College in Niceville
- Santa Rosa Adult School in Milton
- George Stone Technical Center in Pensacola
- Northwest Florida State College Chautauqua Center in DeFuniak Springs