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Educators Recommend Taking GED Test Before 2014 Changes

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Big changes are coming to the General Education Development (GED) test in just a matter of months. Time is ticking as educators encourage people to take the test now before it becomes harder and the past scores become null and void.

Starting January 1, the test will be upgraded. Instead of pen and paper, students will be tested on computers and, for many, it will be more difficult to pass.

The new test will be based on stricter, more current national and state standards. It will include more difficult math questions, technology-enhanced items, and fill in the blank, according to administrators.

The test was last upgraded in 2002, and it gets upgraded about every decade or so, said Carol Coffey, a regional program manager with the Thomas Jefferson Adult and Career Education Center. The test will also be more expensive, although Coffey and her colleagues are now learning the cost will include two re-tests.

GED prep classes in the region are already adjusting to include lessons on the new exam. Still, administrators are hoping most people take the test now. Anyone who has not passed all five sections by the end of the year will have to start over.

"I think that's probably the biggest impetus. If you've started the test and you've finished two or three or four of them, and you're just a few points short from the total you need, gosh, now is just the time to come on in," Coffey said.

Earlier this year there were about 400 people in our region who had started taking the GED and still needed to pass at least one section. Of those, about 200 have now completed the exam. Coffey said she's hopeful at least another 100 students will pass the exam by December. If that holds true, about another 100 students will have to start over.

Tuesday, the Thomas Jefferson Adult Career Education Center will honor those hundreds of recent GED graduates from our region with an event taking place at 7 p.m. in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center at Charlottesville High School.

GED test prep classes are taught throughout the region at different times and locations. For more information on how to sign up, click here. 

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