Elgin Community College encourages those planning to take the GED test to finish by the end of 2013 as it will be replaced next year. Those not completing the current test at the end of the year, including the Constitution exam, must take the new test.
The new test is the first change to the GED in 12 years. The test will continue to allow adults to earn a high school credential and will be about the same seven hour length but will feature changes in how it is given and its purpose. The new test also will be more rigorous than the current version.
Starting in 2014, tests will be conducted on the computer at designated testing sites like ECC. The technology component will require testers to have a certain level of knowledge and skill with computers. The fee for the test also will increase.
The new test will be divided into four parts: reasoning through language arts, mathematical reasoning, science, and social studies. This is a change from the current version, which consists of five sections: reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. In addition, the writing component will be integrated into the other subject areas, instead of being a separate test. The Constitution test also will continue to be a requirement to pass the GED.
Benefits of the new test allow participants to register and schedule an exam 24/7 and gain access to instant score reports.
Those who wish to take the new test prior to 2014 may do so at ECC, as the college is one of five pilot sites statewide offering the computerized test. Each test is $24 and participants can register at gedtestingservice.com. Tests are administered by appointment only on Fridays from noon to 4 p.m. in Building K on the Spartan Drive Campus, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.
ECC offers free GED classes that help eligible students brush up on basic skills, pass the GED exam, and prepare for college-level classes. Classes are offered days, evenings and Saturdays at the Spartan Drive Campus, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, with some classes meeting in neighboring communities.
SOURCE: Elgin Community College