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Content, cost changes coming for GED test

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The GED test will be replaced with a new version in January 2014, according to the University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan campus.

If a student has started but not completed the GED test by Dec. 22, the scores from that test will not count, and the new test will have to be taken in 2014. According to university information, test difficulty levels and costs will increase substantially.

Learning Center Manager Laura Murph said the current test fee is $25, which is paid by scholarships from the Alaska Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant and Retailer’s Association.

The new test, which she said will likely be four parts instead of five, and administered via computer rather than on paper, will cost $125.

She said the university is looking for scholarships to help, but the cost still is less than half that students pay in other areas.

The new GED test will focus more on measuring career- and college-readiness skills.

According to the GED Testing Service, the assessment was updated with the aim to make GED test graduates more competitive with students who graduate from school in the traditional manner.

Suggestions by UAS Ketchikan are that students begin the testing process by Sept. 9, but starting earlier is suggested.

Test-takers who have begun, but not completed all five tests should resume the process no later than Oct. 1. The last day to take the current version of the GED test at UAS Ketchikan is Dec. 22.

Free GED preparatory help is available at UAS Ketchikan starting Jan. 22. Pre-registration is available until Thursday, between 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

GED prep and testing is not available May through August.

Contact GED instructor Christie Willett at the university, or the learning center staff for more information, or to pre-register.