Never could we have thought that the world as we know it would change so drastically—we are living in a time that is uncertain on many fronts.
We empathize with all of you that have been directly impacted by COVID-19 and we hope you, and your family and friends, continue to remain healthy and safe.
We would also like to thank and recognize each of you that have been dedicated, available and focused on continuing to support the millions of adult learners that need your guidance and assistance as they navigate learning during this challenging time.
While we find ways to prepare for what lies ahead, GED Testing Service maintains our commitment to the health and wellness of our employees and their families, our educators and our students. It is our priority to offer study tools and resources that help with this transition to learning during social distancing.
Through partnerships with publishers, we have been able to offer free materials to ensure that students have the opportunity to use this time to prepare themselves for the next steps in their education or career. More broadly, our team has worked to make sure that online study options and mobile-friendly tools are easier to find through curated and frequently updated resource pages. In addition, we are actively finalizing a partnership that would allow us to offer free on-demand courses in all four subject areas covered by the GED test to any student with online access through a laptop, tablet or smartphone.
One of the biggest challenges we have faced has been how to make sure students have the opportunity to take their GED test. Due to states mandating shelter in place or stay at home orders, many testing centers are closed and others are operating on a very limited basis. This presents an obstacle that we understand can discourage even the most determined and dedicated students. We are working diligently to create a testing option that would allow students to take their official GED test subjects through online proctoring in remote locations. This would help move some of our GED students that are ready to test closer to their goal during this time. We will continue to explore this option with full consideration of the security measures needed to protect the integrity of the GED credential.
In the midst of so much heartache and difficulty, we continue to be inspired and uplifted by stories of courage, community and compassion. We know that many GED students and graduates are working on the frontlines of this crisis in a number of vital roles that are keeping us safe, healthy and provided with our essential needs.
The GED community is one of resilience and perseverance and together we can continue to make a difference. And now more than ever we recognize the power and responsibility we have to uplift others through education. Please stay connected and let us know what we can do to further support you and your learners.
We wish you continued health and wellness.
–Vicki Greene, President of GED Testing Service