Saturday, October 25, 2014 · 2:18 a.m.
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The Tennessee Electronic Library is offering online courses to help test takers prepare for the change in requirements for earning a GED, set to go into effect next year.

TEL, which provides Tennesseans with free, around-the-clock access to more than 40,000 resources, offers online courses for each of the GED's test subject areas: math, science, social studies, writing, language arts and reading. Many of those resources available through TEL’s Learning Express Library can help people who want to prepare for the GED. The requirements for earning a GED are set to change Jan. 1, 2014, so those studying for the current test may have to start over if they don't complete it this year, according to a prepared statement. 

People preparing for the GED can hone specific skills by taking subject-specific practice tests, or they can take practice exams that cover all GED subject areas. The practice tests are automatically scored online. 

"Services like those available through the Tennessee Electronic Library are changing the way people think about libraries," Secretary of State Tre Hargett said in a prepared statement. "Libraries aren't just buildings where people can check out books anymore. They are also places where citizens can take prepare resumes, search for jobs or take online courses to improve their education. The Tennessee Electronic Library can assist in those efforts—without the need for people to actually visit a library. The Tennessee Electronic Library's resources are free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to Tennessee residents."

The courses available offer exam study strategies, pretests, lessons and exam practice questions. 

TEL also offers GED-related e-books that are downloadable in PDF format: 

—"GED Math"

—"GED en Español"

—"GED Test Prep"

—"GED Test Skill Builder: Language Arts, Reading"

—"GED Test Skill Builder: Math"

—"Pre-GED Language Arts, Writing"

TEL is administered by the Tennessee State Library and Archives, which is part of the Tennessee Department of State. For an overview of the resources available through TEL, please visit www.tntel.info.

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