The General Education Development, or GED, test gets a makeover Jan. 2 to adhere to new education standards and adopt a computer-based format. Each year, thousands of Wisconsinites take the test to earn a high school completion credential. However, those who have already started, but not completed the GED, need to do so before the current 2002 Series GED test expires.
More than 43,000 Wisconsin adults have started, but not yet completed, the 2002 Series GED tests. The last day to finish and pass the 2002 Series GED test in Wisconsin is Dec. 5 for writing and Dec. 13 for all other tests. Those individuals who do not complete their in-progress GEDs by these December dates will need to start over on the new exam in 2014.
The 2014 GED measures a foundational core of knowledge and skills that are essential for career and college readiness. The new test will focus on four content areas: literacy, mathematics, science and social studies. 2014 GED tests will only be available via computer, though many of Wisconsin's 76 testing centers have already launched computer-based testing under the current test design. However, that doesn't mean people can complete their assessments in the comfort of their own home.
In fact, local GED examiners warn that some disreputable individuals may be trying to take advantage of the GED test change by offering online testing scams.
"Test-takers who need to complete the 2002 Series GED must physically go to a testing center to take the tests," said Gina Klukas, chief GED examiner of Mid-State Technical College."The GED test and credential are not available online."
There are tools available locally to help people prepare for the GED, Klukas said.
"Mid-State Technical College offers the resources people need to prepare for and complete the GED," she said.
The GED test has opened doors to better jobs and college programs for more than 18 million graduates since 1942. Last year nearly 800,000 adults sat for the GED test, which is accepted by virtually all U.S. colleges and employers.
GED testing is offered locally at Mid-State Technical College's Marshfield, Stevens Point and Wisconsin Rapids campuses, and the Adams County Center. Wisconsin residents at least 18½ years of age, or whose ninth-grade class has graduated, are eligible for GED testing if they are not currently enrolled in high school or haven't received a high school diploma. Photo identification is required prior to each test.
Contact the Mid-State Technical College Testing Center at 715-422-5443 for additional information about GED testing in central Wisconsin.