Southwest Regional Adult Education (SRAE) is a program that serves adults who are at least 18 years of age in Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell counties.

We offer classes for adult basic education, GED test preparation and integrated education and training programs.

What do people want to know about adult education services in our region? Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about adult education.

Do I have to be a resident of your region to be served? No, SRAE serves any adult as long as you are 18 years of age or older, but it is convenient if you live in a proximity where you can attend class regularly.

When are classes held? SRAE offers day and evening classes. Each class meets two to three times per week. Adult learners can 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.

What should I bring to class? Students should bring themselves and a determination to learn. Your teacher will provide notebooks, pens, pencils, text books, and other tools that may be needed.

Do you offer daycare? Unfortunately, we are not funded to cover childcare, but we do offer classes at varying times to allow for different personal scheduling.

How long does it take to complete the GED program? There is no defined timeline for an individual to get his or her GED certificate. Once a student registers for class, he or she can remain in the program for as long as it takes to meet the goals that have been set. For some students, it is a matter of weeks or months, and for others, it could mean years. That will be determined by the skill levels of the individual.

I’ve heard the new 2014 GED test is harder. Is this true? The 2014 GED test version is different, of course, but not necessarily harder. There are four sections of the test: Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies. The test is entirely computer-based, so a candidate must have basic computer and keyboarding knowledge to be successful. The components of each test are a little different to assure 21st century relevance. Success on the GED test is based on individual persistence and willingness to study where needed.

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 individuals are enrolled in any of our GED test preparation classes, they can qualify to receive vouchers for free testing by passing a GED Ready practice test.

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 regional office at 866-581-9935 for assistance with test registration questions.

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