PIC’s Crash Course Helps Students Gear Up for GED®


The days of paper-based GED® testing will end soon—starting January 2, folks will only be able to use a computer to take the exam. This, coupled with other changes coming in 2014, has created a sort of crunch time for many who need to complete the exam in order to receive their Pennsylvania Commonwealth Diploma.

The Private Industry Council of Westmoreland/Fayette, Inc. (PIC), has created a 36-hour crash course that will help individuals decide whether to rush to complete their GED® exam by the end of the year or wait for the 2014 version. 

The class will focus on test-taking strategies, and participants will have the opportunity to take five official GED® practices tests, one for each of the sections included in the current version of the exam. The 36-hour class will strengthen the skills needed to pass any standardized test—meaning that if someone decides to wait for the 2014 version, the skills will be transferrable.

According to Mary Lou Friedline, interim coordinator for PIC's adult education programming, participants will "get to see whether it's reasonable to take [the GED®] by the end of the year."

Classes will be offered nine hours per week for four weeks, beginning in mid-November, at PIC's Greensburg and Uniontown locations. While most classes will be held in the afternoon, PIC may also schedule evening classes, if there is enough interest. 

Testing for the current version of the test will be offered at PIC's Greensburg office through the end of 2013. Students who learn together in the 36-hour crash course will also test together in the same cohort.

Please contact Lynda Marcinko (in Greensburg) at 724-836-2600, ext. 206, or Roxanne Weekley (in Uniontown) at 724-437-2590, ext. 326, for additional information.