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Changes to GED Testing in 2014

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If you're working toward getting a GED, taking the tests with paper and pencil will soon be a thing of the past. 

Roughly 170 people get their GED every year in Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta County. In 2014, test-takers can expect some major changes. 

All testing will take place on computers, and the cost will more than double to $120.

The test's content is also changing.

"The new test is much more rigorous. It's based on the common core standards. The math instruction is higher. There are a lot of technology-enhanced items like drag and drop, and hot spot, and fill in the blank. Where the old test was mostly multiple-choice, the new test just has a lot of bells and whistles that you have to be able to do on a computer," said Janita McNemar, who manages an adult learning center. 

GED test administrators say all non-passing or incomplete test scores will be gone in 2014. That could affect more than 600 people.

Reported by Tara Todd.

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