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Piedmont Regional Adult & Career Education
Piedmont Regional Adult & Career Education
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Information is subject to change.

    1. Who does PRACEP serve?  

    PRACEP serves any adult who is at least 18 years of age in the counties of Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock. We offer classes for GED® preparation, and English classes for speakers of other languages.  


    2. Do I have to be a resident of your region to be served?

     No, PRACEP serves any adult, as long as you are 18 years old or older. But we request you be in a proximity where you can attend classes regularly. 


    3. How much do classes cost?

    All PRACEP (both GED® and ESOL) classes are free. PRACEP does charge a book fee which varies depending on the program. Learners are NOT required to purchase books to attend class. Students must register for classes (see "Where to Register" page for locations and hours). There are no fees for registration.


    4. Where are classes held?

    GED® and ESOL Classes are held in each of the five counties we serve (Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, Orange, Rappahannock) at various locations. Contact our office for an appointment to discuss your best option.


    5. When are classes held?

    We have day and evening classes. Each class meets 2-3 times per week. Students attend the class that best suits their location and schedule.  All classes are held during the regular academic year. Some classes may continue through the summer.


    6. What do I need to bring to class?  Learners should bring notebooks, pens, and pencils with erasers. Your teacher will provide books (there is a book fee) and any other tools you'll need.


    7. Do you offer daycare?

    Unfortunately we are not funded to cover childcare. But we offer classes at varying times to allow for different personal scheduling.


    GED QUESTIONS


    8. How long does it take to complete the GED® program?

    There is no defined timeline for anyone to get their GED®. Once a student registers for class they can remain in the program for as long as they need to meet their goals, whether it's weeks or years, as long as they attend class regularly.


    9. I've heard the new 2014 GED® test is harder. Is this true?

    The 2014 GED® test version is different, but not necessarily harder. There are 4 sections: Math, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies. The test is entirely computer-based, so a candidate must have basic computer and key-boarding knowledge to be successful. The components of each test are a little different from previous versions to assure 21st century relevance. Success of the GED® is based on individual persistence and willingness to study where needed.


    10. What does it cost to take the GED® test?

    Each section of the GED® test (Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies) costs $30, or $120 total. If a person is a learner with our programs, they may receive vouchers for free tests if they meet program requirements, for as long as the vouchers are available (first-come, first-served).


    11. Where do I go to sign up for a GED® test?

    All candidates must register at www.ged.com for any of the four official GED® test subjects. If you are a student in our program, your teacher can help you with the registration process. If you are not a student, you may call our office for assistance with registration questions: (540) 718-8243.


    12. What happens if my registered testing date is canceled due to inclement weather?  If a test if canceled due to inclement weather, a student will be contacted by email to reschedule. The email will come from Pearson Vue.


    13. What happens if I do not show up for a test once I have registered for it? 

    If a student does not show up for a test after they have registered for a specific date and time they forfeit their $30 registration fee for each test scheduled since the slot was held for that person. If they are scheduled using a free voucher from PRACEP, they will forfeit their voucher(s) for the scheduled test, as well as any future tests, and will be personally responsible for all testing fees. As the registration process is handled online through Pearson Vue directly, PRACEP cannot refund any money.  For more information about the official GED® test, go to www.ged.com.

    For further GED® questions and updates go to www.ged.com.