The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 24, 2014

Passing the GED: Carver certified to operate as testing center

By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Davina Demoret, 25, is looking to make life better for herself and her family.

The married mother of four boys ages 4 months to 6 years eventually plans to become a registered nurse. The first step of the process, however, was to get her high school diploma.

Demoret is one of the first Enid residents to pass the GED test online at Carver Educational Center, after Carver spent months in the process of preparing and becoming properly credentialed to operate as a testing center. Since January, the GED test is computer-based and only available through Pearson Vue, the company that writes the test. Applications to take the test must be made to the company and payment made directly to them.

“I only took two of the tests at Carver Center,” Demoret said. “I took the language arts test in the afternoon and the science test in the morning.”

Demoret drove to Oklahoma City to take the first two of her four GED test modules before Carver Center was given the green light to begin giving the tests.

“It took a good little bit to get there, and it’s definitely better to take the test in Enid,” Demoret said.

She had to be in Oklahoma City at 8:30 a.m. for those tests. That didn’t leave much time for the busy mom to get much rest before the test.

“I don’t think I did them to my best ability when I tested in Oklahoma City,” Demoret said.

Now that she’s passed her GED test, she can begin the next phase of her plan for a better life. She’ll start taking CNA classes at Autry Technical Center on March 24.

Clayton Nolen, director of Carver Educational Center, said he’s pleased with how things work now that students can take their GED test at Carver. He likes the fact no money must change hands at Carver and that scheduling within the center’s hours of availability already is handled when the tester signs up to take his or her tests.

The language arts and writing test, at 150 minutes, is the longest one, Nolen said. The social studies and science tests are 90 minutes each, and the math test is 115 minutes. Carver Center is available or testing 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

“If they try to take too many tests on one day, it won’t let them,” Nolen said.

Alvin Fox, proctor for the tests, checks testers in and takes their photos to be submitted to Pearson Vue. After going through all the steps of the checklist, testers are taken to another room in Carver to take their test, which is delivered by the computer.

If they are taking two tests, they are given a 10-minute break between them, Nolen said.

“If they overstay that 10 minutes, it is subtracted from their test time,” Fox said.

Testers no longer receive a certificate after successfully completing the tests, but a high school diploma.

Nolen provided a list of 21 certified GED test centers in the state. The next closest one is Ponca City.

Anyone interested in taking the GED test can learn more or sign up at GED.com.

Carver Center continues to offer academic improvement classes for people who want to earn their GED, as well as students needing a boost with specific subjects, such as those going back to college in need of a refresher course.

Classes are available in math, English, science, social studies and literature 9-11:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday and 6-9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

English as a second language classes meets 6-9 p.m. Monday and Wednesday.

There is no charge to enroll in Carver Education Center classes, but pre-enrollment is necessary.

For information on academic enrichment or English as a second language classes, call (580) 366-7200 or visit Carver Center, 815 S. 5th, 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.쇓