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Page 4 Answers CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 about new GED test changes I'm sure you've heard by now that a new comput- er-based version of the GED/E test was released on January 2, 2014. As with anything new, there always comes a num- ber of questions about the change. The GED/E Testing Service has provid- ed much needed informa- tion for potential test-tak- ers and educators alike. Let me share with you some frequently asked questions about the new test and the answers to those questions. Has the content of the new 2014 GEDAE test changed drastically from the previous 2002 Series GED/E Test? The content of the new test does differ from that of the 2002 Series GED/E Test. For specific details, you may refer to a resource called "2002 to 2014: A Content Comparison" available at www.gedtest- ingservice.com/uploads/fil es/2487 f6e 1 ca5659684cbe lf8b16f564d0.pdf. How long does the GEDtE test take? The GED/E test will be about 7 and a half hours long with the timing as fol- lows: Reasoning through Language Arts is 150 min- utes (including a 10-minute break). Mathematical Reasoning is 90 minutes. Science is 90 minutes. Social Studies is 90 minutes. Is keyboarding speed an issue, and how does this influence testing time? The time given to test is adequate for students to construct their answers and key in their responses. Field testing has demon- strated that even test-takers with minimal keyboarding skills have adequate time. Are there still multiple versions of each subject test? Yes there are. As in any high quality standardized testing program, multiple equivalent forms of the test will be administered to test- takers to ensure that test security is maintained and to offer multiple test- ing opportunities to test- takers who might not pass on their first attempt. Is the 2250 minimum score still being utilized for passing the GEDAE test? No, the new test has. an entirely new scale and has a passing score of 150 on each module. Therefore, test-takers will need to reach a score of at least 150 on each module and a total score of 600 across the four-module battery in order to receive their GEDE test credential. How is the 2014 GEDiE test scored, and what score is passing? The new test is scored by computer. The passing standard on each module will be set at a score of 150 on a scale of approximately 100-200. More questions about the new test will be answered in future articles. If you are interested in attending a GED/E test preparation class, contact Southwest Regional Adult Education at 866-581- 9935. Classes have resumed for 2014; during inclement weather, remember to check local school listings for closings. Wise County dog tags due this month The 2014 Wise County Dog License/Tags are due by January 31, 2014. In order to purchase a dog tag, any individual dog, whether male, female, or unsexed must be four(4) monthfs old or over and verification of vaccination by a currently licensed vet- erinarian. You may purchase either a one year license at $5.00 each or a three year license at $12.00 each. Also available are kennel tags for up to 20 dogs at $25.00. For further information, please contact Wise County Treasurer's Office at (276) 328-3666. Office hours are 8:30 AM-5:00 PM Monday-Friday. Amendment would repeal, replace cuts in military retiree benefits WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine have introduced an amendment to emer- gency unemployment leg- islation that would repeal and replace the $6 billion cut to military pensions included in the Bipartisan Budget Act. The amendment mir- rors the Military Retirement Restoration Act introduced by the Senators in December that would replace the reductions in cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) for military retirees with new legisla- tion that could raise as much as $6.6 billion over ten years by preventing companies from avoiding paying U.S. taxes. "Our service men and women deserve much bet- ter than seeing their pen- sions arbitrarily cut by law- makers in Washington," Sen. Warner said. "No American soldier should have to fight for their rightfully-earned ben- efits. I am proud to intro- duce this legislation today, and I promise to continue using every tool I can to fight pension cuts that unfairly single out Virginia military families." "Military families in Virginia and across the country deserve peace of mind that these unfair COLA cuts will be undone well before they are set to take effect in December 2015," said Kaine. "That's why I'm proud to introduce this amendment and will continue to pursue every path to reversing this pro- vision - both legislatively, as well as through my role on the Armed Services Committee." Currently, companies that are incorporated off- shore but managed and controlled from the United States can claim foreign status which helps them avoid paying U.S. taxes. This amendment would eliminate the ,tax loophole that allows those corpora- tions to avoid paging their fair share of taxes. Va. Family, Consumer Ed group has scholarship applications Virginia Association for Family and Consumer Education scholarship application forms are avail- able from the Wise County Family and Community Education Scholarship Chairman. The following scholarships are offered by FAFCE: The Ella G. Agnew scholarship is for high school seniors seeking training for a nursing career or in a field related to the medical profession. The amount of this scholar- Coffee time at ship shall be $1000.00. The Maude E. Wallace scholarship is a general scholarship awarded to a graduating high school senior planning to further his/her education in any field. The amount of this scholarship shall be $1000.00. The Mrs. Guy Roop scholarship is awarded to a mature adult who is cur- rently in college or who has been accepted for the first time to complete or improve their education in any field. The minimum scholarship shall be $1000.00. Any applicant who is not selected may apply for consideration in another year. The VAFCE does not discriminate against appli- cants on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, or political affiliation. For more information or application forms, call 328-6194. All forms must be completed and post- marked by May 1, 2014. library invites senior citizens Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library will host Coffee Time for all area senior citizens. Seniors are invited to stop by the library from 10-11 a.m. and have a cup of cof- fee, tea, cider or hot chocolate and light refreshments. Visit with your friends, talk about the news going on in the area, read the local newspapers or browse through the library's magazine selections. Make plans to come by the library each Wednesday for coffee and conversation. For more information contact the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library at 276-762-9702. Cooking with Reck- by He00ert BBQ SAUCE 1 can Dr. Pepper 1 cup crushed tomatoes 1/8 cup brown sugar 2 tbsp. spicy brown mustard 1 tbsp. orange juice 1 tbsp. Worchestershire sauce 1 garlic clove, minced 1/8 teas. salt 1/8 teas. pepper In a saucepan, combine all the ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat; simmer uncovered 30-35 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occa- sionally. Refrigerate left- overs. SLOW-COOKED HAM 1 fully cooked boneless ham (4 to 5 lbs.) 1 can (20 oz.) unsweet- ened crushed pineapple (do not drain) 1 cup brown sugar 1 tbsp. cornstarch 1/8 teas. salt 2 tbsp. lemon juice 1 tbsp. yellow mustard Place ham in a slow cooker. In a saucepan, mix remaining ingredients, stir- ring to dissolve the corn- starch. Bring to a boil, stir- ring occasionally. Pour over ham, covering com- pletely. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. ROASTED KIELBASA AND VEGETABLES 3 medium sweet pota- toes, peeled, cut into 1 inch pieces 1 onion, cut in small pieces 4 carrots, cut in 1 inch pieces 2 tbsp. olive oil 1 lb. Kielbasa or Polish sausage, cut in small pieces 1 yellow squash, cut in small pieces 1 zucchini, cut in small pieces 1/4 teas. salt 1/8 teas. pepper Put sweet potatoes, onion and carrots in a greased baking pan. Bake 400 degrees for 25 min- utes, stirring occasionally. Add the Kielbasa, squash and zucchini to the pan; sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Bake 20 minutes longer or until vegetables are tender. BLUEBERRY RHUBARB CRISP 2 1/2 cups diced fresh or frozen rhubarb, thawed 1/3 cup sugar 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour 1 can blueberry pie fill- ing Topping: 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats 1/3 cup brown sugar 1/4 teas. ground cinna- mon 1/2 cup butter, cubed In a baking dish, com- bine rhubarb, sugar and flour. Mix well. Add pie filling. In a small bowl, com- bine the flour, oats, brown sugar and cinnamon. Cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over fruit. Bake 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes. L00tdult Ed on campus offers free classes Gate City, Virginia- The Regional Adult Education Program of Lee, Scott, Wise and Norton Public Schools has begun offering free classes to adult learners at a newly opened Adult Education classroom located on cam- pus at Mountain Empire Community College. The classroom is locat- ed in the Cyber Caf6 in Holton Hall and is open to students seeking to enroll at MECC, as well as to members of the community at large. "We sometimes see stu- dents who wish to enroll at the College but whose scores on the Entrance Exam reveal a need for basic skills remediation," stated Dr. Vickie Ratliff, Interim Vice President, Academic and Student Services at MECC. "The Adult Ed Program can help these students brush up on their reading, writing and math skills and prepare for success at MECC. "The convenience of the on-site Adult Ed class makes it easier than ever for MECC and Adult Ed staff to work together to assure that students receive the help they need. We appreciate our partnership with Adult Ed and wel- come their presence on our campus!" Adult Education Instructor Judy Samples noted that the Adult Ed classroom at MECC will offer classes for those adults preparing to pass the GEDฎ, as well as for stu- dents wishing to improve their basic skills in order to attend MECC. "The classroom at MECC provides an on- campus Adult Ed option for area residents, in addi- tion to the other conve- niently located Adult Ed class sites in Lee, Scott and Wise Counties and the City of Norton. I love our class- room at MECC and its con- venient location," she con- tinued. "I can think of nothing but good coming from this partnership." Starting on Monday, January 13, Adult Education classes at MECC will be offered Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Classes will also be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 PM to 5 PM starting on Tuesday, January 21,.if students are registered to attend. There is convenient on- campus parking for those attending both Adult Ed classes. (Parking permits for class attendees will be provided.) All Adult Education classes are free of charge to adults who are at least 18 years old and are not enrolled in public school. Classes are open ended so students can join at any class session. "We urge any student who needs to brush up on basic skills in order to affend MECC or who wish- WLRV, P.O, Box 939. Lebanon VA Visit: WLRV.eom es to pursue a GEDฎ and finds MECC to be a con- venient class location to contact us right away" said Samples. Students may register by calling Amy at 1-877 RACE 2 GED (722-3243) or by email at astatzer@ race2ged.org. In addition, the Regional Adult Education Program offers free Adult Education classes at 10 other sites throughout the rest of the Lee, Scott, Wise and Norton region, as well as Distance Learning Classes online or through . the mail. Detailed information on classes and schedules may be obtained by calling Amy at 1-877 RACE 2 GED or by checking the program website at www.race2ged.org. 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