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posted: 1/21/2013 8:14 AM

GED test to change format in 2014

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Elgin Community College encourages those planning to take the GED test to finish by the end of 2013, as it will be changing next year. Those not completing the current test at the end of the year, including the Constitution exam, must take the new test.

The new test is the first change to the GED in 12 years. The test will continue to allow adults to earn a high school credential and will be about the same seven-hour length, but will feature changes in how it is given and its purpose. The new test also will be more rigorous than the current version.

Starting in 2014, the tests will be conducted on the computer at designated testing sites like ECC. This technology component will require testers to have a certain level of knowledge and skill with computers. The fee for the test also will increase.

The new test will be divided into four parts: reasoning through language arts, mathematical reasoning, science, and social studies. This is a change from the current version, which consists of five sections: reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. In addition, the writing component will be integrated into the other subject areas, instead of being a separate test. The Constitution test also will continue to be a requirement to pass the GED in Illinois.

Benefits of the new test allow participants to register online 24/7 and gain access to instant unofficial score reports and scoring. The new test also will measure a person's career- and college-readiness skills, which may allow them to avoid taking developmental classes.

Those who wish to take the current test version on a computer format prior to 2014 may do so at ECC, as the college is one of five pilot sites statewide offering the current test in this computerized format. In the pilot version, each test is $26 and participants can register at

Tests are administered by appointment only on Fridays from noon to 4 p.m. in Building K on the Spartan Drive Campus, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.

ECC offers free GED classes that help eligible students brush up on basic skills, pass the GED exam, and prepare for college-level classes. Classes are offered days, evenings and Saturdays at the Spartan Drive Campus, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, with some classes meeting in neighboring communities.

For more information, call (847) 214-6945 or (847) 214-6948.

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