The new test will be more rigorous and expensive. Currently it costs $75 to take the GED. After January 1, the cost will be $120. The test will now all be computer based. This will be the first change to the test since 2002. Advocates of the upgraded test say it will be a more accurate measure of what students are supposed to learn in high school. The pending test change is causing several adult education centers to add testing dates and expand the teaching hours available.
Even though the test will not change until January 1, 2014, people may still run out of time right now because classes and testing dates may fill up. Another issue will be for people who have taken portions of the test, but not the complete test. If they do not complete the rest of the test by January 1, 2014, all the previous sections will be invalid.
There are more than 903,000 adult Tennesseans who do not have a diploma or GED.
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