Changes in GED test coming next year

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Posted: Sunday, February 24, 2013 11:45 pm | Updated: 3:30 pm, Fri Mar 22, 2013.

People looking to take the General Educational Development (GED) test have until the end of 2013 to take the current series of tests. Come next Jan. 2, a new assessment will take its place.

Not only will the test be more rigorous and aligned with the Common Core Standards, but it will be administered only online and at a higher cost.

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3 comments:

  • SaintJosephian posted at 8:54 am on Mon, Feb 25, 2013.

    SaintJosephian Posts: 100

    What is the point? Where are these extra costs coming from? Moving to computers should be significantly cheaper, not more expensive. Testing software can collect, organize, score, and process the results automatically. No need to purchase or stuff envelopes, no need to mail anything, fewer people are needed to oversee the tests, fewer people are needed to provide support to the test administrators because the digital help guide can be updated on-the-fly as support inquiries come in.

    It's like canceling with your HR Block representative and then paying quadruple that price for TurboTax.

     
  • GoHawkeyes posted at 12:38 pm on Mon, Feb 25, 2013.

    GoHawkeyes Posts: 1801

    The extra cost comes from the fact that GED is not a generic high school equivalency test but is instead a brand. And the company that administers it has recently become a privately owned for profit organization instead of a non-profit.

    There are other less costly high school equivalency tests out there. The problem with them is that they are less recognized. However, anyone who dropped out of high school and is only getting an equivalency diploma has other more pressing things to worry about.

     
  • SaintJosephian posted at 1:25 pm on Mon, Feb 25, 2013.

    SaintJosephian Posts: 100

    Thank you for the explanation. I should have caught that from the article, but I suppose I just didn't want to believe that the "game could be so rigged" so to speak.

     

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