UPDATE: Wis. students rushing to take GED tests

UPDATED Monday, December 9, 2013 --- 9:46 a.m.

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- Students in north-central Wisconsin are rushing to take their high school GED tests before the exams get tougher.

GED, or General Educational Development tests, are a series of exams that certify students have achieved a high school graduate's skills.

Wausau Daily Herald Media reports the exams will become more rigorous on Jan. 1 to reflect higher high school educational standards. Scores on tests taken under the old system won't carry over into the new year.

Northcentral Technical College in Wausau has been writing letters for a year to students who have started the GED process urging them to finish before 2013 ends. School officials say they've seen about 160 more exams completed between January and October this year than in 2012.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


Posted Wednesday, November 6, 2013 --- 11:46 a.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans who passed part, but not all, of the GED test are rushing to finish it before a new version rolls out in January.

About 1 million Americans who took the high school equivalency exam could be affected. GED scores will be wiped out when the new version arrives.

It's the first update to the test in more than a decade.

Test takers will have to use a computer instead of pencil and paper. And the cost will be significantly higher, at $120.

There have been public service campaigns throughout the country for more than a year encouraging adults to come in and finish the GED test. Some centers are expanding hours to accommodate demand.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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