It’s a New Year for the GED Test!

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As of January 2, 2014, the GED (General Equivalency Diploma) Test has undergone some big changes! Previously paper-based, the now computer-based exam will test in four subjects: Literacy, Math, Social Studies, and Science. According to, the new test “will measure a foundational core of knowledge and skills that are essential for career and college readiness.” This means an individual who has taken and/or passed any GED tests prior to January 2, 2014, but did not obtain a GED, will lose their test scores and must restart the whole testing process. While this can be frustrating, there is a silver lining.

The new format provides some advantages including integrated writing sections imbedded in each test subject versus a separate writing test. Another great feature of the update is that the practice tests will also be available online, meaning practice tests will feel very similar to the real exam. The last benefit, one that GED students will appreciate the most, is the availability of scores within three hours of finishing a test. Instead of waiting 2-4 weeks, a test-taker will know almost immediately if they passed a test or obtained their GED!

Goodwill is dedicated to helping our youth, ages 16-21, achieve their GED. For more information about our GED Services, contact 512.637.7580 or attend one of our Youth Services Orientations, the schedule can be found here:



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