W.Va. GED Seekers Warned to Avoid Online and Correspondence Programs

October 22, 2007

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ The West Virginia Department of Education is warning potential students that the West Virginia GED diploma cannot be earned or obtained on the Internet or through correspondence programs.

While some online programs offer legitimate degrees, many are only in the business to make money and offer bogus degrees or the GED credential. GED tests developed by the General Educational Development Testing Service of the American Council on Education require extensive preparation and the demonstration of a high level of high school knowledge and academic skills, said Debra Dillion Kimbler, GED administrator for the West Virginia Department of Education.

“The GED tests are administered in West Virginia only at official GED testing centers under the direction of the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Adult Education,” Dillion Kimbler said. “Any other high school equivalency certificate not issued by the West Virginia Department of Education may be of dubious value and may not be accepted by employers, colleges and universities, or the military.”

Official locations can be located by zip code on the following Web site: http://www.acenet.edu/resources/GED/center_locator.cfm .

For more information, contact GED Administrator Debra Dillion Kimbler at (304) 558-6315 or the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.

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