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Wednesday, September 5, 2001

OC increases GED examination dates

Starting in September the Odessa College Testing Center is increasing its GED examination dates to twice weekly to encourage individuals to complete the five-part test before the end of the year.

In 2002 a new, revised GED test will be introduced, and pre-2002 test scores will not be accepted. Students are not earning their GED certification in 2001 will have to start over next year, according to Rosie Aguilar, OC Testing Center coordinator.

"Anticipating the new test in 2002, the Testing Center doubled its test dates at the start of this year," said Aguilar. "Now, we are doubling them again as the year-end deadline approaches. We want all the hard work students have put into the current test to pay off."

She urges students to contact the Testing Center at 335-6620 for the new dates, times and test segments offered, plus information regarding fees and other requirements.

The GED Test certifies 12th grade ability in social studies, math, science, reading and writing skills.

Aguilar said Testing Center staff also are available to answer questions about GED study options and college planning.

In addition to Testing Center services, the OC Adult Basic Education department offers free GED preparation classes at the Noel Adult Learning Center located at 619 N. Grant. Morning, afternoon and evening classes are available.

For more information contact the OC Testing Center at 335-6620 or Adult Basic Education at 332-9477.

Deadline set for ACT exam

College-bound high school students who need to take an entrance exam have two chances to register for the ACT before the Oct. 27 test date. The postmark registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 21. The late registration deadline is Oct. 5 (an additional fee is required to late registration). Students can get information from their high school counselor or register online at

ACT scores are accepted by virtually all colleges in the nation, including all Ivy League schools. The test fee is $24. A student's ACT scores are considered by colleges, along with several other important factors, for admissions and course placement. Other factors include high school G.P.A., college prep courses taken in high school, extracurricular activities, personal background and other information.

ACT's website has helpful information such at test locations, sample tests and the opportunity to order test prep materials. The ACT is given nationwide and is taken by more than one million high school graduates each year.

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