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Pennsylvania makes changes concerning GED

The Pennsylvania Department of Education is finalizing the process for state residents who successfully completed one or more sections of the 2002 GED exam to carry over those scores to the 2014 GED test in order to obtain a Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma, announced Acting Secretary of Education Carolyn Dumaresq earlier this month.

More than 43,000 test takers, who did not successfully complete all five sections of the 2002 exam by 31 December 2013, were informed they had to restart the testing process in January when the national GED Testing Service would replace its 2002 exam with the 2014 GED.

State Rep. Joe Hackett (R-Delaware) worked with the Department of Education and is the sponsor of House Bill 1931, which amends an act dating back to 1949 concerning GEDs. State Rep. Hal English (R-Allegheny), is the sponsor of House Bill 1930, which also seeks to allow passing scores from the prior exam to be transferred to the new test.

“I want to thank Representative Hackett and Representative English for working with the department to find a solution that will benefit thousands of residents across the state,” Dumaresq said. “This change will allow those affected to only take the parts that are necessary to obtain their GED.”

The GED is currently a computer based exam which is made up of a series of four tests. The testing covers reasoning through language arts, mathematical reasoning, science, and social studies. The test can be offered in English, Spanish and French.

The IU 13 and the Literacy Council of Lancaster Lebanon both offer preparation classes, although classes are not necessary in order to take the exams. You can register online for the test, using the MyGED™ portal at http://www.ged.com. The site will allow you to select your test day and it provides information on scheduling and scoring, as well as college and career opportunities.

Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) also offers the GED test, though only on a computer. For more information, go to www.gedtestingservice.com.

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