GED program changes in 2014

A new GED test will be starting in 2014, and an area instructor encourages all who are considering to take the test to do so now.

“This test is going to be much harder and more expensive,” West Central Ohio ABLE-GED Program instructor Candice Dicke said. “We would like the people in Wapakoneta to be aware that the last time you will be able to take the old test will be the summer of 2013.”

The current GED test is multiple choice and essay questions. It consists of five parts, and once a part is passed it will not have to be taken again.

With the new testing procedure, Dicke explained that will not be the case — as all parts need to be passed at one time.

“This is a big thing,” Dicke said. “It’s so hard for people who have been out of education for a while.”

She shared she has clients that have been out of education for 25 years or more.

“With the recession people were out of jobs,” Dicke said. “Now with the economy, job creators have their pick of people.”

She said people having GEDs and high school diplomas are a way employers can narrow down their job poll as they may eliminate people who do not have a high school degree or GED.

The new GED test, which will begin on Jan. 2 will include several different types of questions, including multiple-answer questions, short answer and essay. It will be all electronic, and the only way to take it is on a computer. The current test is done with pencil and paper.

In addition, the math portion for the current test will stop at Algebra 2, and the new test will include more in-depth math skills including trigonometry.

The cost is another issue to look at, as it will rise to $128 from $40.

Dicke said she wants to bring this to the attention of area people who may be considering going for their GED.

“I don’t think people notice this change,” Dicke said. “There hasn’t been a big campaign on it.”

The current test is the end of the line for education before the workforce, and the new test will be considered the beginning point of continued education after the GED completion.

According to, the new assessment should ensure the GED testing program is no longer an endpoint for adults but a springboard for more education and training.

The new test will continue to provide adults the opportunity to earn a high school credential, but it goes further by measuring career and college readiness skills that are the focus of today’s curriculum.

It will include four areas, literacy, math, science and social studies.

Dicke works with people wanting to receive their GED and provides individualized programs for her students.

She begins the process with an initial assessment to see where the student is and then focuses on ways to strengthen weaknesses.

“I start them at a level to be successful,” Dicke said, “and I build them up for their test.”