A new series of the high school equivalency exam will begin January 2nd.
The new tests will be exclusively offered online. Those who passed part, but not all, of the current GED test will have to complete the exam before the new year. Otherwise, they will lose their previous scores.
Jeff Stephens is Regional Superintendent for Morgan, Scott, Brown and Cass Counties.
“Since they’re going to the new testing January 2nd of this coming year all the scores that they have right now will be wiped out if they don’t pass the whole test before that time,” says Stephens. “The last testing date that they can take it here in our office is December 18th. That’ll be on the computer.”
Those that need to finish their GED tests have to take it online. Stephens says the last session for the paper-based test is full.
The price to take the computer-based test is $120 compared to $50 for the paper and pencil version.
Stephens says if you’ve completed, for instance, three of the five sections of the current test you can finish the rest of it online. Each segment costs $24.
Stephens says the new test coming January 2nd will be more difficult.
“It’s going to have more of the 21st Century standards in it, so it is going to be more rigorous than it has been,” says Stephens. “We’ve already had some people come in for the computer-based [testing] and they’ve gotten right through it and they were real happy with the way it worked out on the computer instead of the pencil and paper.”
Those that want to take the computer-based test can do so at anytime at the Regional Superintendent’s Office in Jacksonville at 110 North East. You do have to register online to take the test at www.gedtestingservice.com. You can also call the office at 217-243-1804.