Students need to prepare for 2014 GED

Feb. 20, 2013 @ 09:28 AM

Starting in 2014, there will be a new Graduate Educational Development test.
The current version, used since 2002, will expire at the end of 2013. Students 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 Jan. 2, 2014. GED testing will be available by computer in 2014 and fees will change.  
“The goal is to get students to finish it before the 2014 test comes,” said Patricia Freeman, director of the Adult Education Department at Guilford Technical Community College’s Greensboro campus. “And if you haven’t started it, it’s a good time to start.”
Many community colleges offer the tests through adult education departments. GTCC is the only testing site in Guilford County and offers the free tests at the Greensboro and High Point campuses.
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.  Since 2009, 916 students have completed their GED at GTCC.   
“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 N.C. Common Core State Standards.”

GED

2002: Five test parts —  reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies. Students must pass each section to receive their high school credentials.  

2014: The new test series will bring a variety of changes including a new assessment in literacy, mathematics, science and social studies.

History: More than 18 million students have passed the GED since 1942. Last year, nearly 800,000 adults nationwide took the test, which is accepted by virtually all U.S. colleges and employers.

Information: Go to www.gedtestingservice.com or www.gtcc.edu. 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.