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November 16, 2018

9/19/2013 2:32:00 PM
Big changes ahead for GED testing program
Area residents working toward their GEDs have three more chances to earn them before the current version of the test expires.

The current paper-format test expires at the end of the year, according to Regional Superintendent of Schools Monte Newlin. Known as the 2002 Series, it will be replaced nationwide with a new Computer-Based Testing format Jan. 2.

Those who have taken the 2002 Series General Educational Development test, but have not passed all five parts, need to do so before the change or they will need to start over again next year with the CBT in order to receive their high school credentials.

GED testing will take place at the ROE office in the Commercium in Robinson two more times. The first is Nov. 25, with the deadline for registration Nov. 22. The second is Dec. 19, with registration due by Dec. 13.

The test will also be offered at the Richland County Courthouse in Olney Dec. 11. The last day to register is Dec. 6.

With the new format comes other changes. Beginning next year, the test will be taken in a different place and, in what could be a problem for many who want their degrees, the price will more than double.

Currently in Illinois, the Regional Offices of Education are charged with administering the GED Test, maintaining GED records and issuing high school equivalency certificates, Newlin explained. ROE #12 has offered the test in Robinson, Lawrenceville and Olney offices and has been responsible for testing at the Robinson and Lawrence correctional centers.

"In order to effectuate the switchover to Computer-Based Testing, GED Testing Service has contracted with Pearson Vue Testing to implement the new CBT-based GED beginning in January," Newlin said. "Beginning in January, the GED will be offered only at approved Pearson Vue Testing Centers."

Locally, Lincoln Trail College and Olney Central College have, with the endorsement of Newlin's office, applied to become test centers for the five-county area served by ROE #12.

"While our office would have been given preference as an approved Pearson Vue Center, I, as the regional superintendent, felt that it made more sense for our two community colleges to provide the testing as many who take the GED tests have prepared for those tests by taking prep classes on our local college campuses," he explained.

"By passing the responsibility for test administration over to LTC and OCC, our office would not be required to go through the expense of purchasing computer hardware and supporting equipment necessary to secure the approval of Pearson Vue to become a test center. That decision will save county taxpayers money by eliminating duplicative services," Newlin added.

"The Regional Offices of Education will remain the custodians of all GED records for all previous and future GED test takers, will still be the source for all official GED transcripts new and old and will continue to issue the Illinois High School Equivalency Certificate," he said. "We will also continue to offer the federal and state constitution tests."

The price is also changing. The paper test is $50, while the computer version will cost $120 to take. The cost of the test is set by the state and reflects a base amount charged by GED Testing Service, Newlin said.

In an interview with Chicago Public Media last year, Jennifer Foster, the Illinois senior director for adult education and the state director for GED tests, said many adult learners may not be able to afford the new test.

Because of the increase, the state is participating in a consortium of states that are exploring alternatives to the GED. Any such change would occur no earlier than mid-2015, however.

GEDs began in 1942 with the development of tests for U.S. military personnel who had not completed their high school studies. Because of the program, many persons were able to qualify for jobs and pursue post-secondary

education upon discharge from military service.

Today, more than 800,000 adults take the tests annually, with nearly two-thirds qualifying for a credential.

Applicants may apply to the ROE to take the test, provided they are at 17 years old, have not graduated high school and have lived in Illinois for 30 days.

Anyone interested in taking the GED test prior to the switchover to CBT, should call the Robinson ROE #12 office at 544-2719.

Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, January 30, 2017
Article comment by: brandon stephens

what do I all needfor obtaining my GED? And also what are the requirements for passing? I'm desperately wanting to obtain my GED so I can start my career but I don't know where to start

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