In 2014, GED Testing Service will be launching a new series for the GED assessment. There are some important changes associated with the new series that will attempt to “bridge the gaps” in education as the industry has changed since the last series update in 2002. Below is an overview of the 2014 series based on what has been released thus far:
1. Series test scores cannot be combined
Students who have started the current series will need to complete all five sections before December 31st, 2013. GED testing Service has made it explicitly clear that test results from the current series will not be combined with test results from the 2014 series. That being said, students who have started the series are encouraged to finish their testing by the end of the year to avoid having to restart completely.
2. The tests are available through the computer
GED applicants are given the opportunity to take their subjects assessment either on paper or on the computer. Both options need to be completed at an approved testing site, but if taking the current series via the computer, a second chance is provided at no additional cost. There is no word yet if the “second chance” assessment will carry into the 2014 series, but for now, an excellent opportunity awaits current-series testers. Testing locations can be found via the GED Testing Service’s website, and while not all states offer computer-based assessment, most do.
3. All states participate in the GED Testing Service series
All states in the continental U.S. currently use the GED testing Service series. While the price to take the GED may vary state-by-state, by using the same assessment colleges, universities, and employers can rest assured knowing one state doesn’t offer an “easier” option.
4. The new test series took into account “career- and college-readiness”
Non-traditional students, looking to return to school after a break in formal education, account for a large number of GED testing applicants. With that in mind, the Advisory Board and Policy Board for the new 2014 GED Test Series sought information on how to effectively prepare students for post-GED studies via the assessment series. Below is an outline of what they focused on:
- The GED testing program needed to be re-envisioned to align itself with the career-focused platform
- A clear assessment of the most valuable credentials GED holders needed
- A dual-level credentialing system could assist adult-learners to cover both high-school equivalency requirements and competency skills needed for university and career-college admissions
5. The GED test is currently available in 3 languages and covers 5 academic areas
It’s unknown whether or not the GED 5.0 version will still be offered in 3 languages- English, Spanish, and French- but the subject areas will be adjusted slightly. Currently, GED applicants take assessments in Language Arts Reading, Language Arts Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. In version 5.0, applicants will focus on four content areas: literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies.