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For anyone putting off getting their general equivalency degree until tomorrow — it’s tomorrow!


The GED test is changing as of January 2014, said Pat Thomas, the coordinator for Adult Basic Education Southwest Minnesota. “It will be harder, more expensive and online.”

If you started the test and haven’t completed it by November 2013, you’ll have to start the whole thing over again. The test is changes to keep up with high school standards.

 

“They change the test about every 10 years,” Thomas said. “The bar is raised, just like in k-12.”


The more difficult test will require more studying, she said.


“I firmly believe that anyone who can pass today’s test can pass the new one,” she said. “More skills will be needed and it will require more studying.”


In addition to a more challenging test, the entire test will now be taken online, which could be a problem for some people, she said.


“It requires a whole new set of skills that some of us don’t have,” Thomas said.


In addition, she said, the new test is expected to cost significantly more and will be administered by a private company, Pearson VUE.


Thomas urges people to get their diploma or GED and go on to some type of higher education.


“Your employability and lifetime earning power is reflected in the amount of education you have attained,” she said.

 

The following are anticipated changes to the GED:


Big changes are coming in the national GED program as of January 1, 2014. Future GED test are anticipated to be more difficult and more costly. Anyone without a high school diploma who is thinking about getting a GED someday should do it now. Every 10 years, the GED program changes to keep up with the standards of 12th grade high school students. If you need a GED or are working on earning your GED, now is the time to get into gear and finish it up.


Time Factor:

  • The new test is slated to start in January 2014.

  • Anyone who hasn’t passed the old battery of GED tests will have to start over from scratch. All tests taken prior will be wiped clean and will not count toward a GED.

In the Marshall area:

  • There will be no testing done here in Marshall the month of December. Tests must be completed by November 2013.


Cost Factor:

  • The new test is expected to cost significantly more and will be administered by a private company.


Online Only Factor:

  • One of the biggest changes will be that now all of the 5 tests to earn a GED will be given online.

  • Testing will be computer based. Computer based testing means no paper i.e. keyboarding, use of a mouse, arrows, white boards virtual calculators and many item types not possible with paper testing.


Difficulty Factor:

  • The new test is going to be more difficult and this is going to be a huge difference for students.

  • New item types include short answer items and two longer extended responses rather than the one essay currently required.

  • In addition to the high school equivalency score or current test, there will be questions, on the test designed to provide a college/career ready score.


Remember your employability and lifetime earning power is reflected in the amount of education you have attained.

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