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GED tests will not be computer only

The column about GED Testing Service that went out the week of October 21 was in error. Thank goodness someone caught it and called to let me know. She also kindly provided the correct information.

A new exam has been selected by the state to replace the GED for adult students persuing their “alternative high school credential.” In an article on Sunday, September 22, Will Sentell of the Baton Rouge newspaper “The Advocate” reported that starting in January students will take the HiSET exam instead of the GED. According to the article the main reason for the switch is because the GED will be offering computer-only tests.

Sean Martin, executive director of Work Ready U, the state’s adult education network said, “We did not feel we were in a position to do computer-based only.” It could possibly discourage some segments of the population from taking the test because of their lack of computer experience.

VickieHardinAs for the library databases, where the GED practice tests are offered on our website, Learning Express has confirmed they will continue to offer the GED as well as the HiSET practice exams. The new exam will be accessible during the first quarter of 2014. To use this resource go to www.bossierlibrary.org and click on Learning Express under the Research & Homework menu.

You can also go to the Bossier Parish Community College website at http://www.bpcc.edu/excellence7/ to learn more about the alternative high school credential program offered on campus.

Book it to the Bossier Parish Libraries.

Make a note:

  • Toys for Tots boxes have been set up at the following branches: Bossier Central, Aulds, Haughton, and Plain Dealing. We ask that you please do not wrap donated toys. Thank you in advance for your generous donations.
  • Saturday, November 9, from 3:30—5:00p.m., David Whitehead Professor of Political Science at Wiley College, will present “The Assassination of Camelot” in the History Center located adjacent to the Central Library at 2206 Beckett Street, Bossier City. For more information call (318) 747-7717.
  • Saturday, November 16, is International Game Day. Teens ages 13—18 are invited to join in video games and board games from 1—3p.m. at Bossier Central Library. Call Tonya at (318) 746-1693.
  • Thursday, November 21 from 6—7p.m. the Bossier Central Book Club will discuss Michael Connelly’s book “The Reversal.” Plan ahead for lively discussion and refreshments. Call Anne at Bossier Central.

New Books


“The Spymistress” by Jennifer Chiaverini

“The Ghost Bride” by Yangsze Choo

“A Bride for Noah” by Lori Copeland

“Early Decision” by Lacy Crawford

“Dark City” by F. Paul Wilson

“How the Light Gets In” by Louise Penny

“Brewster” by Mark Slouka

“The Woman Who Lost Her Soul” by Bob Shacochis

“Heart of Palm” by Laura Lee Smith

“Shift” by Hugh Howey


“The Distancers” by Lee Sandlin

“Empty Mansions” by Bill Dedman

“Still Foolin’ ‘Em” by Billy Crystal

“Turn Around Bright Eyes” by Rob Sheffeild

“Walden on Wheels” by Ken Ilgunas

“The Yarn Whisperer” by Clara Parkes

“Top of the Morning” by Brian Stelter

“The Elementary Teacher’s BIG BOOK of Graphic Organizers” by Kathrine S. McNight

“Ninety Percent of Everything” by Rose George

“The Omni Diet” by Tana Amen


Vickie Hardin is Outreach Specialist for the Bossier Parish Library. She can be reached at vhardin@state.lib.la.us

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