Are you aware that major changes are coming to the GED (General Educational Development) program in 2014? Beginning January 1, 2014, the GED tests must be taken on a computer instead of paper and pencil. Plus the tests will cost more and contain significant content changes.
People who have not passed all parts of the current GED prior to the end of the current GED test series (December 31, 2013) will have to start over again with the 2014 tests on computer. This means GED students will need good keyboarding skills. In addition, the present fee for the GED averages $65, but the new 2014 fee will be a minimum of $120.
According to the GED Testing Service, "The new assessment is a stepping-stone to a brighter future....The new assessment will continue to provide adults the opportunity to earn a high school credential, but it goes further by measuring career- and college-readiness skills that are the focus of today’s curriculum and tomorrow’s success....Four content areas—literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies—will measure a foundational core of knowledge and skills that are essential for career and college readiness."
An article in The Detroit News--Students urged to finish GED; changes due in 2014--(February 18, 2013) encourages adults who are currently enrolled in a GED program to finish it this year before the "test for a high school equivalency diploma changes and they have to start all over."
Should GED students be required to take a keyboarding course if they cannot type?
Will taking all the tests using a computer be an advantage or a disadvantage to GED students?
Should GED students be required to master basic computer skills before entering the workforce?
Please share your opinions about the 2014 GED changes!
Hi Lynne Hoffman,
I think the main problem is too many adult students enroll in GED programs but cannot really get organized enough to attend their GED tutoring sessions. Some people cannot work well enough to finish the whole test if it's on the computer. I had one adult student who was uncomfortable using the computer even for supplemental practice games.
You mention that adult learners may not be comfortable working with computers. What can teachers do to help adults become computer literate and overcome their fear of computers? With the GED tests in 2014 totally on computer, adults will have to use computers if they want the equivalent of a high school diploma to enter the workplace.