Leon County ACE Program Offers Free GED Practice Tests

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Tallahassee, FL - The Leon County Schools Adult and Community Education program is offering help to people interested in taking their GED and earning their Florida high school diploma. Sandra Miller dropped out of high school in the 10th grade when her father had a heart attack and she had to work to save her family from losing their home. Now after working 35 years at a bank that recently closed their doors, she is going back to school. She admits,"all this time, I've had no diploma and now with me being 60 years old, I'm having to come to school to get my GED in order for me to get a full time job."

The A.C.E Program is Leon County’s largest alternative school and offers opportunities to people 16 years and older to help prepare them to earn a high school diploma. Assistant Principal of the Leon County Schools Adult and Community Education program, Katrina Robinson says, “we have over 25 classes that we offer, morning, afternoon and evening. We also offer online classes as well as a transitions class for those students that are ready to take their GED but need a little help getting out into the real world earning jobs and going to college."

The GED test is changing beginning January 1, 2014 and to help anyone who is currently not a registered Leon County student prepare, the A.C.E. program is offering a free practice test on Tuesday, February 5th and Saturday, February 16th. Robinson says, "anyone who scores 520 or higher on the practice test, we will pay for your GED test for you."

The A.C.E. program helps more than 200 students each year pass their GED. Sandra Miller is enjoying the classes and is looking forward to finally earning her high school diploma. "I was going to do it not for anybody else but for myself, and to show to my family that you can do this."

For more information on the Leon County Schools Adult and Community Education program or the Free GED practice tests, contact: 850-922-5343 or go to http://www.ace-leon.org/.

Adult Community Education, ACE Release

Leon County’s Adult & Community Education school is offering free official GED® practice tests to anyone 16 years of age or older on Tuesday Feb. 5 and Saturday Feb. 16.

While the tests are only practice tests they provide an accurate indication of whether a person is ready to pass the GED® and if not, what progress needs to be made. Persons passing the GED® earn a Florida High School Diploma issued by the Florida Department of Education.

Tests will start at the beginning of every hour and teachers will grade the tests while students wait. There are five tests that make up the GED (Reading, Writing, Math, Social Studies and Science). Students can take one or all five of the tests if their time allows. They will have breaks between tests.

• Tues. Feb. 5 Testing will be offered from 12:45 to 6 p.m. with the last test starting at 5 p.m.
• Sat. Feb. 16 Testing will be offered from 9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the last test starting at 3 p.m.

No registration is necessary. Interested persons should come to the main campus for Adult & Community Education, located at 283 Trojan Trail. The school is near Lincoln High School on Trojan Trail off Connor Blvd. across from the main entrance to Tom Brown Park.

For more information, call 850-922-5343 or visit the school's website at www.ACE-Leon.org

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