GED revision prompts rush to test centers

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Tennesseans who have not taken the GED high school equivalency test or who have passed some but not all parts of the test have until the end of the year to earn their high school credential under the current test structure, according to Tennessee Labor and Workforce Development Acting Commissioner Burns Phillips.

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 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.

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.

“In addition, the new GED test will be computer-based and the cost increases to $120,” said Marva Doremus, state administrator for Adult Education. “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.”

Contact the GED Office in the Adult Education Division of the Department of Labor & Workforce Development, 1-800-531-1515, or visit http://goo.gl/UcWID for more about taking test and preparation courses.