GED test goes digital and gets new format, price

By Michelle Kapusta,

The state of Florida announced Thursday that its new General Education Development test will now be computer-only.

In March, the Tampa Bay Times reported that in 2014 GED tests will go digital across the country, ending the run of the print exam.

The new test format will be harder than the printed version. According to NPR News, the new test puts more of an emphasis on workplace and college skills, which is why it is now exclusively computer-based.

The price will also be higher. The cost of the paper and pencil exam was $70. The new fee is $128.

The all-digital test has received mixed reviews.

“There are quite a few changes,” said teacher Travis McGinnis. “The cost. How you take it; it’s going to be on a computer only now. So we have to make sure that everybody has basic computer skills.”

More than 12 states have decided to offer different equivalency exams for adults who are not computer-proficient.


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