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New test scoring means more Mississippians will get GED

Staff in the adult education program at Pearl River Community College prepare to mail letters to students informing them of GED scoring changes Tuesday. Staff in the adult education program at Pearl River Community College prepare to mail letters to students informing them of GED scoring changes Tuesday.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Some recent changes to the GED test will affect hundreds of Mississippi students who fell just short of passing it in the last couple of years.    

GED Testing Services has lowered the passing score from 150 to 145.

It's also allowing students who scored a 145 or better in the last couple of years to retroactively get their diploma.

More than 170 students taking adult education classes at Pearl River Community College are being notified of the changes. 

"Right now, we're sending out letters to these passing students, saying congratulations, you've earned your GED," said Terri Clark, director of Adult Education Services at PRCC. "We would like you to come back and enroll, or continue your education at Pearl River Community College."   

"(The changes have) given a lot of encouragement to a lot of the other students in the classroom that are still currently working on (the GED), just to see their peers completing, finishing the GED," said Leslie Donati, an adult education instructor at PRCC.   

The new changes will affect more than 630 students in Mississippi.  

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