The GED Testing Service has confirmed a change in the layout and administration of the GED test to occur on January 1, 2014. The GED Testing Service states that the switch is due to “changes in the landscape of education and the workforce” that require a new GED assessment that will better measure skills and prepare adults for college or a career.
The new 2014 GED exam will be led by Pearson, a computer-based testing provider, and will only be available on a testing center computer. The exam will last 7 hours as 4 subjects are covered instead of the usual 5. The majority of the test will remain multiple-choice questions, but there will also be evidence-based writing as well as a more comprehensive assessment of knowledge about science, social studies, and language arts.
The GED Testing Service believes that because technology is becoming so integrated into today’s workforce, it is reasonable and helpful for adults to test on computers as it will increase and assess their technology skills such as typing and general knowledge of hardware. It has also been said that the test will be more accessible and convenient with “one-stop registration and scheduling, enhanced test security, a flexible testing experience, and instant (unofficial) score reports”.
Due to the fact that the current GED exam will be phased out in 2014, those who are currently studying for or taking the GED exam must finish by the end of 2013 in order to avoid having to study for or take the new GED which will be vastly different from the current system as it will be aligned with the common core standards. The GED Testing Service has created a Closeout Campaign called “Your Future is Calling” in order to encourage those currently preparing for or taking the GED to finish by the end of 2013.