Major Changes Taking Place in GED Testing

By Haywood Community College | Jan 09, 2013

A GED diploma opens doors to job training, college-level work, and better paying jobs.  The GED diploma is accepted by virtually all colleges and employers in the country.  Over 17 million people have earned a GED diploma since the test was developed in 1943.  According to the American Council on Education, a GED honor score is equivalent to the top 15% of high school graduates nationwide.

GED Testing Service is implementing several important changes. One of the changes involves the cost of testing.   Beginning January, 2013, the cost of testing increased to $35, a one-time fee that includes all retesting. The new fee applies to students who have not previously taken any part of the GED Test. Students who began GED testing prior to 2013 and have already paid the $7.50 or $25 fee, are not required to pay any additional fees.

The GED Tests themselves are changing as well.  The current tests, known as the 2002 GED Series, will expire at the end of 2013.  The new 2014 series will be aligned with national and state common core standards that ensure that adults earning a high school equivalency can also demonstrate readiness for college-level work and career training programs.  Students who have taken some of the current GED tests but have not taken and passed every part, have until the end of 2013 to pass all five tests. Otherwise their scores will expire and they will have to start over again with the new 2014 GED Test.

In addition, GED testing will be transitioning from paper-based tests to computer-based testing. This will further ensure that GED graduates are able to demonstrate the basic technology skills required by 21st century jobs.  The transition to computer-based testing may begin as early as this summer, with full implementation by Jan. 2014.  The fee for computer based GED tests will be $24 per test and retest. This fee is set through the end of 2013.  The fee for 2014 has not yet been established by the North Carolina Community College System.

The Adult Education Department is available to help adults earn their GED diploma, enabling them to take an important step toward attaining their goals and dreams. For information on the changes to the GED Tests or for information about completing your GED, please call HCC’s Adult Education Dept. at 627-4648.