Flathead Valley Community College is seeking individuals who need to complete General Education Development (GED) testing to receive their high school equivalency diplomas.
In January, Montana transitioned from administering the GED test to the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET.) As a result, individuals who have completed any portions of the five-part GED test at Flathead Valley Community College have been given through the end of the fall semester, December 19, to complete the remaining equivalent portions of the HiSET exam in order for scores from both exams to be honored and combined. Those who do not complete the outstanding portions of the exam by the deadline will forfeit their GED scores and will be required to complete the HiSET exam in its entirety.
Both exams are divided into five parts: writing, social studies, science, math and reading. According to Adult Basic Education Director Margaret Girkins, this opportunity has been provided as a way to grandfather in the HiSET exam while providing those who have a jump start on the GED test a way to maintain their scores so they don’t lose them.
“We realize the amount of time and effort involved in taking these tests,” said Girkins. “We want to make sure everyone who has taken any portions of the GED test at our college is aware that they have until the end of this academic year to complete their testing, or their scores will become invalid and they will have to begin the process all over again,” she said.
For those who need help preparing for the test, FVCC offers free Adult Basic Education/HiSET courses in Kalispell, Libby, and Eureka.
Individuals who have taken any portions of the GED test elsewhere in Montana should contact their local test center to make testing arrangements. For more information, call 756-3884.