2014 Changes to GED Testing Could Create Challenges

By: Lindsey Yates Email
By: Lindsey Yates Email

"To come now and get it done, it's a stepping stone to the rest of your life."

You know what they say, "there's no better time than the present," and that may be even more true for those wanting to get their GED.

Those at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College says the 2014 changes to the test that could mean more challenges.

Starting January 2ND of 2014 new changes to the test means you will have to reach deeper into your pocket.

"$60 but will cost $120 in 2014,"says Mary Ford, Director of Adult Education at SCKCTC.

Students will also have to trade in pencil and paper for a set of computer based tests.

"It will be more intense now because they have to have a good skill set in computer, especially keyboarding because the essay they wrote in pencil now they will have to keyboard it in on the
computer,"says Ford.

It's part of a nationwide initiative to better prepare students for future careers.

"The Department of Education has found that high school graduates and GED graduates, we are not preparing them to succeed, so they feel they should have skills that are more in depth and more
complex,"says Ford.

But for 51 year old Tammy Burden, who is just beginning her GED, the new rules would mean new challenges.

"I'm unemployed right now so that's why I'm getting my GED to better myself. It's easier for me to pay the $60 than the $120," says Burden.

But they hope to make the transition smooth.

"We offer keyboarding classes which is basic computer classes. We want to show the students how to use a computer efficiently,"says Amanda Noble, Teacher's Assistant at SCKCTC.

Ford says now is the time.

"To come now and get it done, it's a stepping stone to the rest of your life."

She also adds, they have 400 students who have taken portions of the GED, if they don't finish by 2014 they will have to start over by taking the new test and paying the new price.

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