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CURRENT GED TEST TO CHANGE IN 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 14, 2013

JAMESTOWN - Starting in 2014, there will be a new GED® test.


The current version - the 2002 Series GED® tests - will expire at the end of 2013. This also means that students' scores will expire too if they have started but not finished and passed the GED® test by then.

Test-takers who have started the 2002 Series have until the end of 2013 to complete and pass each section. If they do not do so, they will have to start over with the new 2014 GED® test beginning January 2, 2014.

The 2002 Series of GED® tests are currently offered through all 58 of North Carolina's community colleges, including Guilford Technical Community College, which administers the test at its Greensboro and High Point campuses under its Adult Education Department. Currently, the college is the only testing site in Guilford County.

The 2002 Series GED® Test is the fourth test series developed by GED® Testing Service and is comprised of five parts - reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies. Students must pass each section to receive their high school credentials.  

"The goal is to get them to finish it before the 2014 test comes," says Patricia Freeman, Director of the Adult Education Department at GTCC's Greensboro campus. "And if you haven't started it, it's a good time to start."

Here are a few helpful tips test-takers should know about testing before the end of 2013:

• The GED® testing fee for paper-based testing is $35 per student for a complete battery of tests including re-testing. This one-time fee will be charged to all students who have not taken at least one paper-based test within the GED® battery prior to January 1, 2013.

• Students who began the GED® test at the $7.50 or $25 rate prior to January 1, 2013 are not required to pay any additional fees.

• The 2002 series of GED® tests will be available until Dec. 31, 2013.

Beginning Jan. 2, 2014, the new 2014 GED® test series will bring a variety of changes including:

• The new assessment will be comprised of four content areas - literacy, mathematics, science and social studies.

• The battery of tests may cost as much as $24 for each of the four exams and an additional $24 for each re-test. The exact fee for 2014 has not yet been determined.

• The battery of tests will be delivered on computer ONLY.

The new test is more rigorous and is based on national and state standards that will provide more than a high school credential for adults but will also measure for the essential skills students need for college or a career.   

"Everyone is helping to create the mindset of going beyond just teaching for subject matter to contextualized instruction and planning for students transitioning into college and sustainable jobs," Freeman said. "We're assessing not just your academic skills, but also your career skills. We're not just offering a GED, we're aligning instruction and services with what employers need and with the NC Common Core State Standards."

To help students prepare for the GED® test, classes are offered for FREE at the Greensboro and High Point campuses. Student support resources are also available through the Adult Education's Center for Working Families at the High Point campus and the Student Support Center at the Greensboro Campus.

For media questions regarding changes to the GED® tests or for more information about the Adult Education Department at GTCC, please contact: Pat Freeman, Director of Adult Education (Greensboro Campus), at (336) 334-4822 ext. 53031 or Stephany Cousins, Director of Adult Education (High Point Campus), at (336) 334-4822 ext. 55017.

The GED® test has opened doors to better jobs and college programs for more than 18 million graduates since 1942. Last year nearly 800,000 adults nationwide took the GED® test, which is accepted by virtually all U.S. colleges and employers. Since 2009, 916 students have completed their GED® at GTCC. Learn more at www.gedtestingservice.com or www.gtcc.edu.


Guilford Technical Community College is the third largest of 58 institutions in the NC Community College System. GTCC serves approximately 45,000 students annually from four major campuses and three specialized centers.

OVERVIEW OF CHANGES TO THE CURRENT AND 2014 GED TESTS

Current 2002 Series of GED tests

The 2014 GED test

· Paper-based testing is $35 per student for a complete battery of tests including re-testing. The one-time fee will be charged to all students who have not taken at least one paper-based test within the GED battery prior to Jan. 1, 2013.

· Students who began the GED test at the $7.50 or $25 rate prior to Jan. 1, 2013 are not required to pay any additional fees.

 

· Beginning Jan. 2, 2014, the new GED test may cost as much as $24 for each of the four exams and an additional $24 for each re-test.

· The 2002 series of GED tests will be administered until Dec. 31, 2013.

· The 2014 GED test will be administered beginning Jan. 2, 2014.

· Comprised of five parts: reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies

· Comprised of four parts: literacy, mathematics, science and social studies

 

· Paper-based testing ONLY offered.

· Computer-based testing ONLY offered beginning Jan. 2, 2014.

 

 

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