By: Kara Duffy
December 4, 2013
Thomasville, GA- A new version of the GED test, launching January 1st, has students hitting the books hard.
"I've passed all the tests but math, so I want to get it wrapped up this semester," said Ralph Hunter, a GED student at Southwest Georgia Technical College.
"Anyone who has not completed the current test, by the end of December, will lose all of their scores and money and will have to start all over again from scratch," added Dale Aldridge, the Executive Director of Adult Education at SWGTC.
Ellen Edwards says she wasn't about to let her hard work go to waste.
"I was determined to get it done and this was my goal to make sure that I got this done," she said.
Edwards met her goal Tuesday night, successfully passing all five portions of the test.
"When I actually got my score, I was so excited," she said. "I actually alerted the whole room and I disturbed them and it was just really exciting; a very good feeling."
Some of the big changes students will notice on the 2014 test is the whole test will be computerized. There will also be four parts, instead of five.
"It'll be beyond just multiple choice type answers," Aldridge said. "It'll have short answers, fill in the blanks, drop and drag."
With just a few weeks left for students to complete the current version of the test, school officials say they've seen such a spike in the number of students signing up to finish the test, they've actually had to add extra testing days to the schedule to keep up with the demand.
As for those students who are racing to finish the test, Edwards has some advice.
"Don't be afraid; don't be nervous because there is people here who will help you and who will guide you to get you where you need to be."
For more information you can go to: https://tcsg.edu/ged.php OR www.GED.com