People can get the equivalent of a high school diploma if they pass the GED test, which will be administered in Payson on Dec. 13-14. The Gila County Schools office offers the test, as well as a course to prepare people to take it.
The December test marks the last time people in Payson can take the test in paper and pencil format instead of on a computer.
Candidates must pre-register at 112 W. Cedar Lane in Payson; walk-ins are not accepted. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For information contact Chastity Van Buskirk at (928) 402-4339 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Gail Gorry or Dolores Goughnour at (928) 472-5374.
To register for the test you need a valid Arizona driver’s license, a state ID card, or a tribal ID. Also, bring a second ID to verify mailing address.
The test costs $100 for the full test and $15 for each re-test, payable with cash or money order or a voucher from DES or other funding agency. People under 18 years old also need to bring an official form of withdrawal from previous school, a notarized parental consent form and a birth certificate.
To prepare to take the test in the future you can attend adult education classes Mondays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 112 W. Cedar Lane. For information, contact Kay Adams at (928) 978-1283. In addition, Rim Country Literacy Program provides tutoring during daytime hours, call (928) 468-7257.
For online preparation, visit www.ade.az.gov/ adult-ed, www.gedtest.org, or www.acenet.edu.
As a result of the switchover to computer-based testing, any records of previous tests on paper will be wiped out. So if someone has passed some subject but needs to retake others, this represents the last opportunity in Payson to finish the missing portions without retaking the whole test on computer.