There are important changes coming to the GED test which everyone who is considering taking the test must know about. A completely redesigned test will be unveiled in 2014, along with new protocols for time limits, new testing center locations, etc. Right now there are few details on what the new test will be like, but we can certainly draw one firm conclusion, even at this early date. The one thing that seems certain about the revamped GED exam is it will be much harder to pass than the current version. According to several media reports, the driving force behind the idea of creating a brand new GED test was the volume of complaints from business owners who said that many GED holders didn't come close to having the knowledge and skills of a high school graduate. These men and women rely on the GED to certify that job applicants who have passed the test have the skills and knowledge needed to perform at the level of a high school graduate. Unfortunately, that is not the case these days, at least not across the board. In fact, one study found that many people who had passed the GED in New York had the knowledge and skills of a sixth grader, a far cry from being on par with a high school graduate. The people who administer the GED had two choices. They could do nothing, or make only cosmetic changes, and let the GED turn into a completely worthless piece of paper. Or they could admit that the test has gotten easier over the years, and then put in the years of research and hard work necessary to make it a legitimate high school equivalency test again. To their credit, they chose the latter path.
There is no need to panic or worry, however. The new, improved GED test won't be released until 2014. That means all the information on this site is completely up to date, and you can rely on it to help you make a great score on the current GED. In fact, the news that a much more difficult form of the test is in production should be all the motivation a person needs to take the current test as soon as possible, since it's going to be much harder to pass the new one once it's released.
Last Updated: 08/20/2013
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