The GED will change drastically in January 2014, shifting from paper and pen to computer-based testing and adding an increased focus on writing and content analysis.
Those who have partially completed the five GED tests must finish before December 31 or start all over again in 2014.
And the new computer-based GED test will cost substantially more. It will be sold to states at $120, twice the current rate. Pricing for the public will vary by testing centers.
“We urge those who have completed part of the GED to finish before the year ends,” said Mi Casa’s CEO, Christine Marquez-Hudson. “Not only will all progress be erased next year, it will be more difficult and expensive to complete this important step for professional advancement.”
The GED test currently has five sections: writing, science, math, social studies and language arts. The new test has been re-aligned into four core content areas: reasoning through language arts, mathematical reasoning, science, and social studies. The writing section, currently an essay, has been integrated into the language arts and social studies sections through writing prompts.
Though the GED test has been slightly modified each year since its inception in 1942, the 2014 changes mark the most significant overhaul yet.
“We see that higher education has new standards, the workforce, the economy’s changing,” said Armando Diaz, spokesman for Washington-based GED Testing Service, in an interview with The Denver Post. “We decided it’s time to completely give the testing program a facelift.”
In light of the impending changes, more than 1 million people are expected to attempt to complete the GED in 2013, a 30% increase from prior years.
Just in time to help students complete their GED before the tests undergo significant changes, Mi Casa is offering GED test preparation in partnership with the Community College of Denver at two locations.
At Mi Casa’s headquarters on Acoma Street, GED preparation classes take place Monday and Wednesdays from 5:30-8 p.m. At the Mi Casa Neighborhood Center on the Lake Middle School Campus, GED prep courses are Tuesday and Thursdays from 6-8:30 p.m. and include free childcare for kids aged 4+ who are toilet trained.
The cost of Mi Casa’s GED prep course is $40, which covers classroom instruction and materials. There is an additional fee to take the GED tests. Find out more here.
Registration for Mi Casa’s GED prep classes is October 4 at the Community College of Denver. Call 303-556-3805 for more information.