(Jan 1) New GED exam deadline brings about a year-end flood of test takers

By Megan Harris  Published: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, 10:20 p.m.

General Educational Development exam proctors reported a huge influx of last-minute test takers in December as students rushed to finish the five-part battery before sweeping changes that took effect on Wednesday nullified incomplete scores.

“If you were stuck on a particular subject, this deadline was a gut check,” said Greg Mims, public relations director for the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council. “We’ve had a very busy year.”

Aligned with Common Core standards taught to traditional K-12 students, the new version condenses content from five to four subjects; raises and standardizes test fees; adds short answer and extended response questions; and requires students to demonstrate computer skills by eliminating a pen-and-paper option to take the exam.

Full story: New GED exam deadline brings about a year-end flood of test takers Megan Harris, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 1/1/14



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