In this post, I talk about the changes in the GED that became effective in 2014. So, how big were the GED test changes really? What were the impacts? Had it become more challenging?
Most significant changes: Computer-based, Affordability, Non-transferable credits, Difficulty. In most states, the General Education Development (GED) exam was changed in 2014 and learners who have not completed the full examination by the end of that year, did see their scores not transferable anymore.
Roughly once every 10 years, the GED exam is updated because it is a high school equivalency test. That implies that the GED test-takers must meet up with the identical educative specifications as high school graduates would. Therefore it is a natural fact that the GED is changing according to high school curricula.
Also, GED study materials need to change and many websites also upgraded their practice tests. So far, the website Best GED Classes is one of the best courses for GED preparation and they offer also great lesson plans!
In 2002 we saw the (2nd) latest update of the GED examination, and until 2014, there were a lot of people who were engaged in the 2002 GED exam version but hadn’t completed the test yet. They really needed to get themselves together and complete the examination before the end of that year, as their test scores would not be valid anymore after December 2013.
Probably the biggest change with the new 2014 GED exam, as compared to the old version, was that it is completely computer-based. Together with having the capability to take the exam in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies, applicants must as well possess well-developed computer skills to type, for example, their essays.
Handwriting is no longer possible. Students must also know how to handle a mouse, how to use a drop-down box and how to copy-paste in a Word document. Teachers at GED preparation facilities must make sure that applicants are ready to apply those skills. For younger applicants, this will not be much of a jump, but it will be a struggle for some people who never had the chance to cultivate this kind of computer skills.
GED applicants cannot transfer their earlier accomplishments to the new examination. Their scores expired at the end of 2013, and students who did not pass all tests needed to start all over again in 2014. Students needed to make sure that they had finished off by December 2013 if they didn’t want to find themselves needing to begin again when their credit scores had run out.
In most US states, the GED examination changes have become effective in January 2014. These changes include, among others, how the GED exam is administered, the test costs, and what occurs with scores for parts of the examination. The GED diploma allows for a college education but often then, financial hurdles arise. Not everyone qualifies for a scholarship and student loans are a growing problem across the nation. To cover the total cost of college education, many people apply for a student loan and when it’s time to repay these loans, the reality of monthly payments often strikes pretty hard. Often, students are slaves to the lenders!
The most important changes are the following: The GED is administrated only on computer, the number of tests was reduced from five to four, registration and test-scheduling must be done online, tests scores are instantly available, the price has gone up considerably, a lot of multiple-choice questions were replaced by essay-style questions, and keyboarding skills are required.
The GED test is not available online. The test is only administered at state-designated, official GED testing centers. Online preparation, on the other hand, has become increasingly popular as it can be done at any time, from any place, by everyone, and often at no cost. With online education becoming increasingly popular, there are lots of different GED prep courses spread around, some of which are pretty good with video lessons and lots of practice tests. Be aware, though, that there’s also a lot of rubbish out there!
Landing your GED qualifies you for a college education and will lead to far better employment options. Often, job-seekers are looking at the hottest career options or the best-paying careers as a guide. Well-determined applicants often study and work towards attaining one of their preferred ‘hot jobs’. When working toward your GED, the idea of securing one of these top-paying jobs is often a very strong motivator.
Please be aware, however, that many of these ‘top-jobs’ are frustrating and that the reality is often not as you thought it would be. So look beyond these ‘hot careers’. What matters most is that you feel reward at the job and that you bring home a decent salary. Often, you’ll realize that the ‘top job’ is only as glamerous as your boss wants it to be… or any other factor for that matter that’s beyond your control.