Changes for GED testing in 2014

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - New format for the GED test, a pencil and paper will no longer be required – however a computer will.

Starting in 2014, just a couple of days away, the General Education Development test will be given by computer only.

GED Testing Service officials hope this will boost the success rate.  Here in Arizona about 20 percent of high school diplomas are given through equivalency testing.  According to the State Department of Education, that is roughly 15,500 a year.  Before students got a GED by passing five tests – reading, writing, math, science and social studies and they took the tests with pencil and paper.

Beginning Wednesday, no former tests can be carried over; this means anyone who already passed a handwritten test will have to take it again, this time on a computer.

This new testing system has four tests to complete, it combines reading and writing.  Another big change to the test is the cost.  The fee used to be $100 to take the test, the new fee is $140.

Now that the test can be taken via computer, those wanting to take the test can log on and see where to find a testing location with computers to schedule a time.   There are also tests to bring home and practice on.

The new GED company has tested the new system in over 200,000 tests, and they had a 17 percent 'passing' increase.

More than 850,000 adults in Arizona do not have a high school diploma, making it impossible for them to get even the lowest paying jobs in the state.

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