Big Changes Coming for GED Test 2/5/13
CBS 7 News Reporter
February 5, 2013
Midland - Big changes are coming for GED testing.
These adjustments are so big that the Midland College GED Testing Center is encouraging everyone to finish as soon as possible.
If you haven't completed the exam by December 31st of this year, it may take a lot longer than you planned to finish.
Julie Burke, with the GED Testing Center is taking in all the changes coming for the new GED test.
"There will be multiple choice, drop down answer, extended answer and short answers. The questions will be reasoning based as opposed to just spitting out facts," she said.
The new test is comprised of four tests, that's down one from the current one. Lynda Webb, Dean of Adult and Developmental Education at Midland College says although it's one less test, it's a lot more challenging.
"The test requires more depth of knowledge. It'll be equivalent to a college entrance exam," she said.
Burke says the main reason behind the overhaul is to challenge students and prepare them for their next phase in life.
"They feel the kids graduating from high school are graduating at a much higher level. It's the perception the public has that the GED isn't as hard as graduating from high school," she said.
If students don't finish the current test by the end of the year, they'll have to start over from the very beginning.
"They are dust, gone, burned, trashed. They do not exist anymore. They will have to take the whole test over," Burke said.
The quicker you finish, the quicker you can start the next chapter of your life.
If you'd like to see what the test questions are like for yourself, click here
For a look at the GED program at Midland College, click here