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Almost any job you do nowadays requires a high school diploma. But actually going through the motions of the traditional high school experience isn't for everyone.

"The traditional high school was just too much for me," said Chelsea Kriston, Marion County. "I learn easier here then I do at a regular school. I guess its because there is more one-on-one with the teacher."

Places like the Marion County Adult & Community Education Center serve as an alternative.

"We serve adults from 16 and we've had them up to 95. We do primarily test preparation for what was the GED but is now going to be the TASC in West Virginia," said Donna Metz, Principal at the Marion County Adult & Community Center.

The West Virginia Department of Education has decided to switch from the GED to the Test Assessing Secondary Completion, or TASC.

McGraw Hill will be West Virginia's only high school equivalency exam provider.

"Every year when there is a change, or every edition where there was a change, then we have to make that change as well," Metz said.

The TASC exam will have five sections, just like the GED. The subjects include reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies.

"I was scared that it was going to be harder. That was my big concern because of math," said Kriston. "But nothing has really changed. I'm still doing the same subjects."

Metz said students who have already made progress on the GED don't have to worry about losing that work, at least for now.

"We are allowed one year to combine GED test scores with TASC scores. So in January 1, 2015 that will no longer be in effect," Metz said.

The first TASC exam will not be available in Marion County until March first, but students can being taking preparation courses now.

The Marion County Adults and Community Education Center offers classes during the day and evening. They are free to students through the West Virginia Department of Education and the Office of Adult Education and Workforce Development, according to Metz.

If you are interested in taking classes, contact Donna Metz at 304-363-7323.