GED Test Changes Have People Racing The Clock

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)- About 700,000 people take the GED test every year. Changes will be taking effect in January which have some people racing to beat the clock.

Shavonne Pace spends a lot of time at Washburn Tech's Adult Education Center in the GED preparation class.

She didn't finish high school and is trying to make up for lost time.

"You can't do anything without your GED, nowadays," says Pace.

Many like her are rushing to take the GED now because this January, there will be a new version of the test. Patty Williamson is the Coordinator for the Adult Education Center for USD 501 and she says the new test will be more rigorous.

"The idea behind that, which is a good idea, is to make students more college ready and it's computer based only, that's the big thing," says Williamson-- something that she says could affect older generations.

"It is going to be more difficult for them to pass," Williamson says.

"First of all, I do not want to do everything on the computer, it is going to be harder, you won't have the scratch paper, you have to use a whiteboard," says Pace.

Not only will it be more difficult, Williamson says the new GED test will go up in cost from $85 to $120.

"There's no way I could come back and do it at that cost, I have to get it now, so I don't have to be in that mess," says Pace.

The last paper GED test in Topeka will be in December and Pace says she will be first in line.

"I'm just glad that I'm getting it done now," Pace says.

Williamson says a portion of the cost for the new test will go to the for-profit company, Pearson--an education services company.