GED change starts test center rush

Posted on Monday, July 8, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Tennesseans who have not taken the GED high school equivalency test or who have passed some but not all parts of the GED have only the remainder of 2013 to earn their high school credential under the current test structure, Labor & Workforce Development Acting Commissioner Burns Phillips announced.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, partial test scores will be invalid and will not transfer to the new high school equivalency test. At that time, Tennesseans will have a choice of taking either the new 2014 GED test or an alternative high school equivalency test designed by the Educational Testing Service called HiSET in order to earn a high school equivalency diploma.

Since 2002 when the last change took place to reflect needed proficiencies, the General Educational Development test – accepted by virtually all states, colleges and employers – has been offered as a battery of five tests that measure skills in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. During the last 10 years, standards have changed, and the test is being redesigned to more accurately measure what students are expected to learn in high school to be prepared for college or a career.

“We’re urging everyone who has passed a portion of the GED test to register and finish the test now because all partial scores will no longer be valid after Jan. 1, 2014. In addition, the new GED test will be computer-based and the cost increases to $120,” said Marva Doremus, state administrator for Adult Education. “Our preparation classes are filling up quickly as people prepare to get in under the wire.

“There’s no registration deadline, but test-takers must know that by November and December if they have not registered there may not be any openings left. To ensure they can take the current version, they should do it as soon as possible.”

Those who want to take the GED test for the first time, as well as those who only lack certain parts, must take the test at an official GED Testing Center. Individuals can take the test either by computer or on paper. For details on taking the current test and information on preparation courses, contact the GED Office in the Adult Education Division of the Department of Labor & Workforce Development at 1-800-531-1515 or visit the department’s website at http://www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/AE/.

According to the GED Testing Service, more than a million adults nationwide have started but not finished the current GED test. Last year, 9,159 Tennesseans earned GED diplomas, but Tennessee still has more than 930,000 adults without a high school diploma or its equivalent.

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