If you haven’t heard that the GED test will significantly change as of January 2014, chances are neither have your students. If previous test-takers have only passed certain sections of the test, they have until December 31st, 2013 to pass the remaining sections without having their scores invalidated due to the new regulations. It’s important that your students learn about how the changes will impact them so they may plan accordingly.
After the partnering of ACE with Pearson VUE, the newly formed for-profit GED Testing Service developed the new GED Test for computers. This test contains more rigorous content to better reflect the expectations of current high school graduates. The content was created in accordance to the Common Core State Standards that have been adopted by 45 states thus far.
The GED Testing Service decided to switch from paper to digital to better prepare test-takers for life after the GED and equip them with basic computer literacy skills. Now that the 10 largest employers in the U. S. now use an online job application, it’s clear that adults looking for work must have a minimum of a high school diploma or its equivalency and be computer literate.
There is a lot of debate whether the new test will be too difficult for test-takers, both in terms of content changes and the switch to digital testing. With a strong focus on algebra in the math section, some speculators argue against the changes in content. Others worry that test-takers with lower-level typing skills will be at a disadvantage and unprepared to type an essay in the allotted time. These obstacles will prevent able test-takers to pass the GED simply due to the new testing method.
The GED Test for computers will remain the same pricing at $120, at least through the end of 2014. The $120 includes registration, more flexible scheduling, instant unofficial results, new mobile study apps, and new college and career readiness reports. The length of the test will also remain the same at 7 hours. Although the test will remain the same for test-takers, the price to administer the test will increase from $60 to $120 per test-taker. In states that prohibit fees for GED test-takers, additional funding must be allotted to GED programs. Without additional funding, the GED test changes could potentially block those seeking to take the exam. In addition to the doubling of the cost of test administration, Pearson-certified testing centers will be less abundant under the new regulations, making testing sites less accessible.
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