WASHINGTON, Jan. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The highly anticipated revamp of the
GED testing program launched today, January 2, with the release of the new test. GED Testing
Service (http://www.gedtestingservice.com/ged-testing-service ), developer of the new test, says that adult learners have already
embraced the new program. More than 26,000 students have either registered for
the test or signed up for MyGED
between November 30 and January 1.
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“This is a momentous day for adult education, and most importantly for adult
learners who need the new 2014 GED program to be ready for jobs that will
support them and their families,” said Randy Trask, president of GED Testing
Service. “In states such as Florida, Colorado, New Mexico—and several
others—almost 80% of all jobs now require education and training beyond a high
school/GED credential. The old GED test and high school equivalency was not
enough for most adults, and this new program will help prepare them to enter the
college and career programs they desperately need.”
The new 2014 GED program will include several new features that
haven’t been available in the past, and are unique to the program. A few of the
new features include:
- The only test that measures both high school equivalency and fully aligned
with state and national college and career readiness standards.
- A highly prescriptive practice test and score report with detailed information about weaknesses and
links to specific study materials for remediation.
- A more flexible system that allows adults to schedule and pay for tests
one at a time, and test at more convenient times and locations.
- A free retake program to lower financial hurdles, and encourage adults to
pass the test.
- A one-stop website with
personalized study plans, skills assessment, career information, college and
financial aid information, and more.
- A computer-based test to ensure adults have basic computer skills
essential to succeed in college and jobs.
The new GED test is the cornerstone of the 2014 program. It was developed
from the ground up to measure high school equivalency, and to provide
information about a test-taker’s college and career readiness. The test will
focus on measuring higher level critical-thinking and problem-solving skills,
and is the only test fully aligned to state and national college and career
readiness standards. The score report for the new test provides detailed
feedback on more than 100 knowledge and skill points, which GED Testing Service
says is essential for educators, employers and colleges to better understand a
person’s strengths and weaknesses. Numerous stakeholders representing adult
education, higher education, K-12, workforce groups, employers, and others
provided input on development of the new GED test.
According to GED Testing Service, only 12 percent of GED grads gained additional education
credentials in the past, and that low number is a reason for building the new
comprehensive program. They also point out that the new system was built from
the ground up in order to be centered on the test-taker, not the testing process
that they say hasn’t changed much in 70 years.
Despite having just launched the new program, Trask says that GED Testing
Service’s job isn’t finished. “We’re only getting started. We’ll be constantly
improving and reinvesting resources back into the program. For example, we
already have plans to add more local and job-skills related resources to MyGED,
and we are working with officials in every state to add even more testing
locations that are convenient to adults—even in places like their local
To get started, or to find information about the 2014 GED program, visit https://ged.com/ .
Download the fact sheet (http://www.gedtestingservice.com/uploads/files/5072dad32a4de1bf643880afba1a0ec4.pdf ) for more information about the 2014 GED
About GED Testing Service
The GED test has opened doors to
better jobs and college programs for more than 18 million graduates since 1942.
Last year nearly 800,000 adults sat for the GED test, which is accepted by
virtually all U.S. colleges and employers. As the creator of the one official
GED test, GED Testing Service has a responsibility to ensure that the program
continues to be a reliable and valuable pathway to a better life for the
millions of adults without a high school diploma. GED Testing Service is a joint
venture between the American Council on Education and Pearson.
SOURCE GED Testing Service