For over 70 years, the General Education Development (GED®) exam, or high school equivalency test, has been critical for students who dropped out of school, entered the military, or who immigrated to the United States in search of greater opportunities, but without a high school diploma. Today, millions of Americans who are attempting to pass the GED® test requirements are under pressure to complete their studies. Students working on their general education degrees are staring down an end of year deadline to complete the testing process before a new, electronic version of the program is rolled out in January 2014. Once the new version is implemented, all previous scores will be wiped out, and the student will need to retake the exam from the beginning.
The new version of the test incorporates the most dramatic updates to the GED® test since its inception in 1942. “We see that higher ed. has new standards; the workforce, the economy’s changing,” Armando Diaz told the Associated Press in a recent interview. Diaz is the spokesman for Washington-based GED® Testing Service, the trademarked test’s creator. “We decided it’s time to completely give the testing program a facelift.”
The updates to the test are intended to align the GED®test with the Common Core State Standards that have been adopted by a majority of states. Not only will the test be more rigorous, but will require students to take assessments online.
Fuel Education, a partner with GED® Testing Services as a 2014 test preparation publisher, provides an online program to help students prepare and pass the GED® test quickly. The A+ GED® Test Readiness program, which is in alignment with the 2014 GED® test, provides pre-tests, prescribed lessons that cover all four GED® test subject areas, and streamlined assessments.
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