Changes to the GED testing at Kenai Peninsula College take effect in January.
Free instruction and testing are provided for students of all ages at KPC who are looking to earn a high school equivalency diploma from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Individual, group and computerized learning is available, as well as tutoring for the GED through the KPC Literacy Program.
Diane Taylor, KPC Learning Center Program Manager, said the GED test is revised periodically.
“Anybody who has been testing with this battery of tests needs to finish by mid-December at our site,” she said.
The current version of the GED test, commonly known as the 2002 Series GED, will be replaced by the new 2014 GED test.
Taylor said the three major changes to the GED test beginning in 2014 are cost, delivery and the test itself.
All test components will be administered on a computer facilitated through Pearson Vue. Taylor said the tests would create an increased need to make sure everyone who comes in to take the test is familiar with a computer.
“It is important to have computer literacy,” she said. Through the learning center, students are able to check out iPads, Kindles and smart pens to increase their knowledge of technology.
Another change is cost. Currently there is a yearly $25 fee. In January the cost will increase to a $25 fee for each of the four tests.
Taylor said each year more than 100 students of all backgrounds take the GED test through the learning center. She said the students ages range from 18 to 80.
While the goal has been to have students complete the GED test on a set time frame, Taylor said oftentimes life happens, there are child care issues, delays due to transportation and more, and she leans toward a philosophy of patience without judgment.
“It is what it is,” she said.
Taylor does want to stress the point that those who do not finish a previously started GED test should not worry — they just need to finish soon.
“’For those that don’t get in, they can still complete it, it will just look different,” she said.
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