ACC Expands GED Prep Offerings Ahead of Exam Changes

With the current version of the General Educational Development (GED) exam set to expire at the end of 2013, Austin Community College’s Adult Education Division is expanding its GED prep offerings – now incorporating video-based instruction.

2012 GED graduates celebrate at commencement.

Adult Education will show “GED Connections” on ACC’s instructional television channel (19 on Time Warner Cable and Grande Communications; 99 on AT&T U-verse; 6 on Suddenlink). Episodes begin airing in September (6 p.m. Monday through Friday plus all-day airings the first two weekends of the month). GED Connections also is available on the KLRU website.

“These videos are a great resource for people preparing for the GED exam. They give you a solid understanding of the GED subject areas and show you how those skills relate to the real world,” says David Borden, executive director of Adult Education at ACC. “Students can watch the videos on their own or to reinforce what they learn in the classroom.”

Registration is under way for ACC’s classroom GED prep sessions that begin the week of October 21. For more information, visit or call (512) 223.5300. Classes are available throughout Travis County and are free to students.

Individuals currently testing are encouraged to complete all sections of the GED before the year’s end; those who don’t complete the exam before 2014 will have to retake the entire test, which covers reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. Starting in 2014, the GED exam will become completely computer-based. It will include more short answer, essay, and fill-in-the-blank questions.

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