Upcoming GED updates worry students


SAT scores across the nation fell, although experts say that could be the result of more students taking the test.

Students attend a GED course Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at the Grace Assembly Church Annex in Greenwood, Indiana. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

More people are asking about taking the high school equivalency exam, and a local career center has added more preparation courses and increased the number of people who can take the course at one time.

The goal for many of those people who didn’t finish high school is to take and pass the exam yet this year. That’s because starting Jan. 2, the General Education Development exam, or GED exam, is changing.

The exam, which is equivalent to earning a high school diploma, usually is updated every 10 to 12 years, and starting next year the exam will go from five sections to four. Students also will have to take the test online, instead of with paper and a pencil, and the cost is increasing.

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