Saturday November 28th, 2015 8:39PM

GED test to embrace college, career readiness

By Staff
ATLANTA - The State of Georgia will launch a new GED program in January that has been developed by the national GED Testing Service (GEDTS) in Washington, D.C. <br /> <br /> The change will align the entire GED program with college and career readiness standards and provide the level of academic rigor required by the increased demands of the job market.<br /> <br /> Students who are taking the current GED test, but have not passed all five parts, have until the end of 2013 to pass. All partially-completed tests and scores will expire at the end of the year, meaning those students who do not act now will have to completely start over again in 2014 with the new GED test in order to receive their high school equivalency credential. <br /> <br /> Students who are still taking the current version should check online at for the last date the current test will be offered in their area and schedule right away to avoid a rush at the end of the year. <br /> <br /> There are several noticeable changes evident in the new 2014 GED test. The test will only be delivered on computer and therefore must be taken at one of the fifty-seven state-approved GED testing centers. The test, which once had five content areas, will combine the Language Arts Writing and Reading, and have four content areas: Reasoning through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies. The test will take about seven hours to complete.<br /> <br /> The cost to take the full, four-part test will remain at $160. The price for an individual test in 2014 will increase from $32 to $40.<br /> <br /> Starting in January, test-takers will use the new MYGED web portal to register for the exam. They will register online, find a testing location convenient to them, and learn about local adult education programs. The GEDReady component of the portal provides an online practice test which gives the student instant feedback as well as suggestions on where improvement or assistance is needed. <br /> <br /> The new portal is scheduled to open at the end of November and can be accessed at
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