Clayton schools to offer free GED practice tests

— Clayton County Public School’s adult-education program will offer free GED practice tests next week, given in two parts to accommodate busy schedules.

Part one will be given Sept. 11 and part two will be given Sept. 13, noon until 2 p.m. both days. Tests will be administered on a walk-in basis at the Perry Center for Learning in Jonesboro.

Splitting the four-hour test in half will make it “less overwhelming” for people who may have been away from school for years, said James Wilburn, coordinator of adult education for Clayton County Public Schools.

Wilburn said he hopes for increased attendance at this year’s practice tests, thanks to publicity on cable TV, flyers at thrift stores, and outreach to other places “where there may be a need.”

Afterwards, staff will be on hand at the Perry Center to explain what’s needed to sign up for Clayton County’s free GED classes.

“I’m not going to turn anyone away, we’re going to make it work,” Wilburn said. “The bottom line is, if you’ll take this practice test, we hope you’ll come back for the real deal.”

According to statistics provided by the Perry Center, more than one million Georgia adults don’t have a high-school diploma. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, a person with a high-school or GED credential earns $10,000 more than a non-high-school graduate.

Last year, Clayton County’s public schools helped 677 people with various GED services.

For more information, call 770-515-7610.