Changes coming to GED Testing

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By Kenny Colston

Deadlines for those hoping to finish up their GED are rapidly approaching before the test changes and progress is lost.

The test for the GED changes roughly every 10 years and a new test will be implemented in January, Suzette Ertel, director of Oldham County Adult and Community Education said.

To brace for those changes, Ertel’s department is holding an “Official Practice Test (OPT) blitz” on Nov. 1 to help potential GED test takers squared away from the last test in December before the new one takes effect.

The deadline to sign up for the blitz through Adult and Community Education is Oct. 28, Ertel said.  The department is located at the Oldham County Schools Art Center, 7105 Floydsburg Road, in Crestwood.

“Anyone who has taken and passed any of the test keeps those scores until the test changes,” Ertel said, which is why finishing before the change is important.

The current GED test has five components and is taken with paper and pencil, Ertel said, and the test material hasn’t changed since 2002.

With the new test, all components will be taken on a computer and the material should better reflect common core standards Kentucky schools have recently adopted. 

Ertel said she expects the test to be harder and include more mathematics in January.  And the test should feature less multiple choice and more short answer questions with the change, she said.

The fee for the test will also rise from $60 to $120 dollars in January.

“We have a lot of older students clamoring to get things finished because of the transition to computers,” Ertel said. “It’s a timed test and those not familiar with computers could have problems with that.”

Potential GED test takers can take the test at the OVEC center in Shelbyville or at Jefferson Community and Technical College in Louisville, Ertel said.

The adult education department has sent letters out to those in the county who have started components of the test but have yet to finish all of it in hopes they won’t lose their progress, Ertel said.

The very last day to sign up for a Dec. 18 test, the last one before the test changes, is Dec. 4, she said.

Those who attend the blitz will receive help completing any necessary paperwork and preparation, Ertel said, at no charge.

To find out more, contact Adult and Community Education at 502-241-6018.

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