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Common Questions (FAQ's)

Basic Adult Education and G.E.D.

1. Will I get my GED after passing OLT tests?
2. What is online independent study?
3. How long does it take to complete a course?
4. When I complete the courses will I have earned a high school diploma?
5. What advantages will I have with OLT?
6. Will I have a teacher?
7. Can I learn online?
8. Will I be able to pass the GED examination after taking the OLT GED course?
9. Are OLT GED courses complete, or is there something else to buy?
10. Will I have to attend scheduled classes?
11. Can I use my Canadian GED in the US?
12. What are some of the differences between Canadian and US GED?
13. Are the tests comparable?
14. How old do I need to be to take the GED?
15. What happened when the GED was revised in 2002?
16. What does it cost to get a GED?
17. How does tuition for online GED preparation compare with other classes?
18. If I decide I don't like the course or get tired of using it can I get a refund?

 

 

 

Answers

1. Will I get my GED after passing OLT tests?

OLT courses prepare you to successfully pass the GED Examination tests. You can prepare for the tests by studying by yourself, in an adult education classroom, or online with an educational program like OLT. You can take classes and practice tests online but everyone must take the official test at a land-based testing center, usually located at a school or community college. Click Here for information on testing centers, or call the GED hotline at 1-800-626-9433, or contact the Dept. of Education in your state.

2. What is online independent study?

Online Training Institute offers an independent study GED program. That means that you study when you want and take as much time as you need to complete each course. This works well for adults with busy lives who work different shifts or at home, need to take time out for a sick child, a big project at work, or other personal business that would otherwise require a person to drop out at a regular school.

3. How long does it take to complete a course?

Each course is designed to be completed within 40 hours of consistent effort. How many months this takes is entirely up to the student. Any independent study course, whether college or high school, requires good time management skills. The length of time varies with each student.

4. When I complete the courses will I have earned a high school diploma?

No. The 5 courses are used for GED preparation but are also used in alternative schools as supplements for instruction. OLT does not offer a high school diploma.

5. What advantages will I have with OLT?

OLT offers five online courses for GED and Alternative High School study. No extra books or materials are required. Individual courses can be taken if a person wishes to learn a specific subject like math or science, or to polish essay writing skills. All five can be taken for a complete GED preparation program. OLT is an independent study program. Each student studies at his own pace and takes the GED test at a testing center when ready.

 Here are a few of the advantages of OLT's courses:

  • Study when you want. The virtual classroom is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You decide when to study.
  • Study where you want. You can study online from where ever you have access to the Internet.
  • Privacy - OLT is a private education institution.
  • Interactive study format. OLT's courses are designed to be interactive. Online exams are automatically graded by the virtual classroom system. Writing assignments are graded by your instructor.
  • Guided Learning. Unlike self-study guides, OLT's courses are guided learning experiences. Professional educators work with you, evaluate your progress, and ensure you are properly prepared to pass the GED.

6. Will I have a teacher?

You will be assigned an instructor. Whether you have online study sessions with the instructor will depend entirely upon what you and the instructor work out. Many students do not need or want very much teacher contact while others want regular tutoring. Your teacher is there for you because our mission is for you to succeed and reach your goal.

7. Can I learn online?

Many people can learn in online courses. OLT courses begin and end with a test. The pre-test aids the instructor to determine what the student needs to study at the beginning of a course. The post-test provides the student and instructor with a method to validate the learning that has occurred. Both the pre-test and the post-test are very similar to the GED examination. Click Here to take the OLT practice GED test.

8. Will I be able to pass the GED examination after taking the OLT GED course?

OLT courses prepare you to excel on the exam. The GED exam takes 7 hours and 5 minutes to complete. We cannot control test conditions such as testing center room size, room comfort, and so forth (all important to successful testing), OLT cannot guarantee that a person who passes all of our courses and post-tests will pass the exam. Your enrollment with OLT gives you an advantage because you will be prepared with knowledge. Your relationship with OLT does not end, however, until you pass your test, so you have as much teacher support as you need.

9. Are OLT GED courses complete, or is there something else to buy?

The courses are completely online and self-contained. We provide an extensive reading list of materials available online and through local libraries, especially in the Literature course, but these are not required materials. If you wish to buy additional study books as you prepare for the GED, they are available in our Book Store. There is nothing else to buy.

10. Will I have to attend scheduled classes?

There is no schedule of classes. You work at your own schedule. The course material is interactive, with self-grading exercises within each course. The instructors guide you through the learning process and work with you to the extent that you desire.

11. Can I use my Canadian GED in the US?

The very quick answer to whether Canadian and American GED credentials are interchangeable is "yes." A diploma granted in Canada is the same as one granted in the United States and carries the same status. Click Here for more information about the GED.

12. What are some of the differences between Canadian and US GED?

There are some differences in content, especially history, between the Canadian and US versions of the tests. An individual test score is not necessarily interchangeable from Canada to the United States. Click Here for more information about the GED.

13. Are the tests comparable?

The results are comparable, and the credential has the same relative acceptance no matter where you go. There may, however, be an issue, depending on jurisdiction, as to whether or not a person who has partial scores (i.e., someone who has passed some, but not all of the five tests in the battery) will be allowed to carry the passing scores forward to the new jurisdiction. This becomes more of a problem when you cross from Canada to the US or US to Canada, not necessarily because of acceptance, but because the differences between Canadian and American versions may not be fair to the individual being tested. Click Here for more information about the GED.

14. How old do I need to be to take the GED?

The American Council on Education requires that you be at least 16 years of age. Each state is allowed to set their own regulations regarding age. You will need to contact your State Department of Education or a testing center to find out how old you need to be to take the test in your area. Click Here to find information on your state's test admistrators.

15. What happened when the GED was revised in 2002?

A new series of GED tests were released in January 2002. These tests represent about a 30% change from the previous version in some areas. As a result, people are not be able to carry over partial scores from the old version to the new, so people are being required to complete all five of the 2002 series. Scoring is different, as well. Click Here to go to the American Council on Education website to learn more about tests and scoring. The GED will next be revised in approximately 2012.

16. What does it cost to get a GED?

In the US, the cost of taking the GED tests range from free to $80, depending on the state. It is a seven to eight hour exam offered through most public school system adult education programs. Click Here to visit Prometric to ask out about fees outside the US.

17. How does tuition for online GED preparation compare with other classes?

The cost of classroom based courses is from free to about $530. The cost is low because public tax dollars cover the actual cost of offering the classroom courses.

Online courses are free through some community colleges, especially in Texas. Please contact your local community college to determine if they are able to offer the OnLine Training (OLT) GED preparation series of courses.

If you are not able to enroll through a local tax supported program you have the option of enrolling directly with OLT. Our direct course tuition is $75 per course. Or you can save $75 by enrolling in all five courses for $300.

18. If I decide I don't like the course or get tired of using it can I get a refund?

A full refund is available if you cancel within 48 hours of enrollment. OLT's policy is to encourage our students to succeed. Less than 15 percent of all students in all of the GED programs available world-wide complete their program and succeed. Our success rate is much higher. We have above a 90% completion rate for alternative school students and above a 40% completion rate for students who enroll in OLT courses through their local community college. For that reason we do not give refunds. We prefer to have students exit the program by completing it. Students can work on the course for as long as they choose. If they get tired of it or have family problems-or any situation that keeps them from studying-they can stop for a while and then resume studying when they are ready.

 

 

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Last edited by Sandra King on November 15, 2011