Big Changes for GED Testing

BATESVILLE - GED Testing Service released a new version of the General Educational Development Test on Jan. 2, 2014.  This is the latest version released since the GED Test was created in 1942 to serve returning WWII servicemen.  Since its development, over 18 million individuals have earned high school diplomas based on successfully passing this exam.

Significant changes were made in this latest version most notably, the delivery system.  The 2014 GED Test will be computer-based and available only at approved testing centers.  It should be noted that the GED Test is not and has never been available online. Although numerous websites may advertise “GED” tests for sale, only GED Testing Services authorize official testing centers.

The GED Test was developed as a computer-based test to ensure that adults have basic computer skills essential to succeed in college and in the workplace. Graduating high school students possess computer skills and the 2014 test needed to be updated to include these same skills.

Other new features include:

  • alignment with state and national college and career readiness standards and Common Core State Standards;
  • 4 sections: Reasoning through Language Arts (150 minutes), Mathematical Reasoning (90 minutes), Science (90 minutes) and Social Studies (90 minutes);
  • ability to study and test in one section at a time rather than requiring readiness in all areas before any tests could be taken;
  • availability of a prescriptive score report with detailed information about weaknesses and linked to specific study materials for those that fail a section; and
  • immediate test results rather than the 3-4 week waiting period of tests in the past

The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville Adult Education Program offers free GED Classes to help students prepare for the exam.  Curriculum has been revised to include more writing exercises because extended responses (essays) are required in Reasoning through Language Arts and Social Studies.  Math curriculum will include more algebra instruction.  A computer lab has been set up in the Adult Education Building and students can spend time each day enhancing their computer and typing skills.

All instructional components remain completely free to the student, but testing fees for both the GED Ready (Official Practice Test) and the 2014 GED Test have been added.  The Department of Career Education has worked closely with legislators and the Governor’s Office to secure funding through 2014 to offset the majority of these fees.  

In Arkansas, passing scores on the GED Ready Test are required to be eligible to take the 2014 GED Test.  The GED Ready Test must be taken at an adult education or testing center.  Students enrolled in adult education programs that have demonstrated proficiency on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) may take the GED Ready at no cost.  Individuals who are not enrolled in adult education programs and who do not want to take the TABE Test may pay $6 per section ($24 total) to take the GED Ready at an adult education or testing center.  

Once GED Ready scores are verified the individual may register for the 2014 GED Test and will be required to pay $4 per section ($16 total).  

GED Testing Services is offering two free retests for individuals that aren’t successful in their first attempt at the 2014 Test.  These free retests are not applicable to anyone that had incomplete scores on the 2002 GED Test Series.  Individuals that had not passed the GED by the end of December 2013 will be required to take the complete 2014 GED Test.

For more information on adult education classes or the process for GED testing, contact Nancy Whitmire, UACCB's Director of Adult Education, at 870-612-2085 or visit their webpage at http://www.uaccb.edu/academics/ged-program.