Beware of bogus GEDs

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By Claude Lewis

You've seen the late night TV commercials - lose weight fast ... become a millionaire overnight ... take this pill and become a super stud.

Quick fixes - they never seem to really work, do they?

Dennis Radice, a professor at Central Florida Community College-Levy Center, says the same applies for GEDs.

He's noticed a recent wave of locals paying hundreds of dollars for online GEDs.

The people who did it said it's a quick and easy way to get that all-important piece of paper.

Radice says those pieces of paper are worthless.

"You can't take an official GED test online," warned Radice, who teaches GED at CFCC-LC. "Students think they're taking the GED, though. I had a student say he wanted to get his GED quicker than it was taking. He said he could do it online."

Call up a site. Pay with your credit card. Take the test. Diplomas are mailed.

"Everybody passes," Radice said.

The biggest disappointment is when a student tries to use that diploma for admittance into college.

"Colleges won't accept them," Radice said. "We've had students call us with those. We have to say, 'sorry, we can't take it.'"

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