New GED Test Will Be Harder to Pass

New GED Test Will Be Harder to Pass

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Starting next year, it's going to be a lot harder to pass the GED test. Major changes are on the way for the first time in nearly 70 years. News Five stopped by Bishop State Community College, where several GED preparation classes are held. The classes, by the way, are free.

Akareem Spears in the GED Coordinator for Bishop State. He says the biggest change is that it is computerized. Gone are the days of paper and pencil. He believes the computer version will be a challenge for students who are often not computer literate. He says also expect the test to be much harder, almost to the difficulty of the ACT. "Most people People think. I just dropped out of school and I will take the test. That is not how it works anymore. It is a much more challenging test." Students will also be expected to write two essays, instead of one, and use short answers instead of multiple choice in some parts. Grammar and punctuation will also be graded more heavily. Right now, only 57% of Alabama test-takers pass the test. Spears fears that number will go down with the new test.

The cost is going up from $50-$120. If you would like more information on GED preparation classes, click here.

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