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January 29, 2013

GED testing changes coming

 

By SALLY SEXTON

ssexton@weatherforddemocrat.com

 

Changes are on the make for the GED program.

Beginning January 2014, the test itself will undergo a change, as well as the way the test is administered.

“We understand that the GED is a nationwide test, and what it really comes down to is that this current test was developed in 2002,” Chip Evans, director of Weatherford ISD’s community education. “As standards have changed, the need for a new testing system has also changed.”

Evans works closely with Donnie McGowan, who is over the district’s Adult Education Program, which provides preparation for ESL, English as a second language, and GED testing.

“Our program is a GED preparation program,” Evans said. “We prepare our students by working with them individually at their level of testing, and once they’re finished with us, they go to a testing site, usually Weatherford College, and take their GED test there.”

The new test will unveil a brand new way of taking the exam. Currently, GED tests are paper and pencil, but will soon be computer-based, with students still having to register at the testing facility.

“The actual test is also being redeveloped, and the difficulty of the test will be more consistent with other assessment programs,” Evans said.

One of those particular subjects expected to be more rigorous is the critical analysis portion of the test, which would require students to read a portion and analyze different requests.

“Each passage is between 200-400 words and the new test is going to have passaged from 400-900 words,” McGowan said.

The GED test is broken into various academic components, including reasoning through language arts, social studies, science and math. Each component must be passed, but the student does not have to pass them all at the same time, meaning they can continue to take each subject test throughout a period.

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