Major Changes to the GED

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The General Educational Development (GED) tests are a series of subject tests that, when passed, give certification that the taker displays high school-level academic skills. Beginning January 1, 2014, there will be major changes to the GED tests.

Unlike the current test, the new GED tests will be computer administered, and no longer available to be taken as a pen and paper test. There will also be four subject areas that are tested: literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies. In addition to providing the opportunity to earn a high school credential, the new assessment will also measure career and college readiness skills.

If you have already begun working towards completing the current GED tests, now is the time to finish. When the new GED tests take effect on January 1, 2014, all prior progress will be rendered obsolete. For more information about the upcoming changes to the GED program, please contact Susie West at (828) 835-4254 or Angie Jaco at (828) 835-4256.