Visit the Adult Learning Lab in southwest Detroit and you’ll be inspired. You’ll see adults, from 19 years old to senior citizens, each with a unique story, and all dedicated to a common goal: To earn their GED so they can better their lives.
You’ll see teachers and volunteer tutors working closely and enthusiastically with the students, individually and in groups, in an atmosphere that celebrates lifelong learning.
The Adult Learning Lab is a free program for low-income, unemployed or underemployed adults in metro Detroit. But although the program is free, students are now dealing with higher test-related costs that may hinder them from achieving their goal.
In the past two years, the cost of the GED exam has increased fivefold. What once cost $30, now costs $150 for the exam itself. In addition, practice tests for the four sections of the GED (English, Math, Science and Social Studies) cost $6 each. Students usually take multiple practice tests for each section before taking the actual GED. Most often, students taking the actual exam do not pass all four sections on their first try. Retaking a particular section costs $10 each time.
Thus, the estimated cost for a student to get his or her GED is about $300. This is money that the student must raise himself or herself, which is difficult to do for many students.
Your contribution to students featured on this page will go into a common fund to help defray the GED test costs for all students at the Adult Learning Lab.
All of these students are striving to get ahead. Your support truly serves to help others better support themselves.
The Adult Learning Lab helps students improve their literacy, math, and computer skills. In addition to GED preparation, the Lab offers English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction, one-on-one tutoring, academic and career counseling, financial literacy, and more.