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NC.BCSK - 100 - Non - Credit Basic Skills GED Prep - Maggie Lofton

Course:Non - Credit Basic Skills GED Prep
Professor:Maggie Lofton
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


Welcome to the GED Prep class. My name is Maggie Lofton. I have over 25 years in education, teaching a variety of subjects and age groups, including the GED Prep Course. I am excited to be leading you in your journey towards earning your General Educational Development certificate. 

Course Description

This GED Preparation course is designed to prepare students to pass the Reasoning Through Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics subtests of the GED exam to earn a high school equivalency. This class will provide you with the opportunity to find out about the structure of the GED test and provide resources to help you prepare to take the exam. Usually, students study one subject area at a time and then proceed through the other subject areas. You may retake this class to complete all subject areas if necessary.

What to Expect in this Course

This is a self-paced class. I am available and eager to provide  you with information, guidance and support in assisting you to prepare to take your GED tests. The effort and time that you dedicate to your studies will be reflected in your progress and success.

Attendance Policy, Non-Participation, and Drops

  1. Online students who do not log into Canvas and complete the Orientation assignment by the deadline posted may forfeit their place in the class to those on the wait list.
  1. Students are expected to attend or participate in class on a regular basis. For distance education courses, the instructor and student must have regular and substantive interaction. The student’s absence from an online course shall be determined by the last day on which the student was academically engaged and participated in an academically related activity online.
    1. Students who repeatedly fail to submit online assignments related to course material may also be dropped from the class.
    2. Students who do not log into Canvas for four consecutive days may be dropped from the course, without prior notice, at the discretion of the instructor.

Types of Assessments

  • Consistent participation is measured by online coursework activity and weekly discussion post (initial post and 1 response).
  • Students who participate on Canvas class discussion board assignments are eligible to take the GED Ready practice test during testing periods as noted on syllabus. (subject to availability)
  • GED testing service provides a pre-test in each of the 4 GED subject areas. This test will help you identify your readiness in taking the “real” GED test. Also, it provides information to assist your studies in areas that you may need further review.

Textbook Information

No textbooks are required for this course; however, there are some resources that will assist you in your learning towards your passing your GED test.

New Readers Press – offers books to guide your study in Language Arts and Social Studies. The textbooks suggested for this class are applicable to the subject in study, as needed. All text are available online at The New Readers Press

The TI-30XS MultiView calculator may be helpful for those of you taking the Social Studies test. It can be purchased at a local store like Office Depot, Office Max, Staples, Wal-Mart, etc. for about $12-$20. If you choose not to purchase one, we have a limited number of calculators available for check-out during class.

Other Relevant Course Information

How to Access the Class

The course can be accessed via Canvas at on the first day of the course. Complete registration for the course starts the process.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


The Library provides live online and in-person research help, access to a full range of e-resources and physical materials that support the curriculum, individual and group study areas, and much more!

Last updated: 08/08/2022 Sub#: 1443