Big changes are coming to the state General Education Development (GED) tests.
In January, the national GED Testing Service will replace the current five-part test with a four-part series that is considered more rigorous and a better indicator of students’ readiness for college and careers.
“GED testing is an important service that we provide to our community,” South Puget Sound Community College Dean of Enrollment Services Jerad Sorber said. “In order to make sure people have the best chance to complete their testing before the changeover, we encourage them to study and come in early so that they have time to retake portions of the exam if necessary.”
Students who have been taking the current GED tests (active since 2002) have until Dec. 13 to complete and pass all five portions before the new GED test is release on Jan. 2, 2014. Those who have not completed or passed all five portions before the deadline will have to start over again when the new test is released. That means not only with they have to retake the tests, but also have to repay. GED tests are available only at official testing centers, not online. And, the new tests will be offered only on computer. The $150 fee for the entire test will remain the same in 2014.
The South Puget Sound Community College Testing Center is located on the Olympia campus in Modular 1, next to Building 26. The Testing Center is open for GED testing on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; the first and third Thursdays of each month from 10 a.m. to 8 pm; and the second and fourth Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Testing is offered on a walk-in basis, which allows students to come in and take whichever test is needed during GED testing hours.
“Many students have just one or two parts left and it would be a shame for them to lose all their hard work,” said Jon Kerr, adult basic education director for the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. “It’s definitely worth the effort. Getting a high school equivalency certificate is critical for landing a job or continuing on in college.”
Current GED test-takers can verify their progress and contact a local testing center by clicking the “GED Test Verify” button on www.sbctc.edu. For more information about GED testing at South Puget Sound, call (360) 751-5770 or e-mail .