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New GED test impacts local students

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Despite what critics thought, local test administrators say they haven't seen any drop off in the registration since the changes to the high school equivalency exam.

Students no longer need to fill in the bubble because the exam is now completely computer-based. A move, test administrators like Pamela Hunter say is for the best.      

"We had to get rid of the papers and pencils; we had to get rid of the idea that we were going to have 10 people all moving at the same pace," says hunter.

The new format also raised the price, from $100 for five tests to $135 for four tests. Though the cost went up, students don't have to pay the full price up front and can pay for each test individually.

"It costs you more but you're getting more. You get to come the time you want to come, you get to come the day you want to come," says hunter.  

TSTC was the first test site in the state to offer the digital exam, months before the new test was even rolled out.

In anticipation of the switch people rushed to finish before the end of the year because if they didn't, all of their test scores would be wiped out.

But despite all the changes, GED test administrators say the positives out weigh the negatives.

"Students who take the test now go in more focused on the test, rather than focused on time and who's in the room," says hunter.

This is the first change to the GED test in more than a decade. Examiners say the test is harder but that it better prepares students for college or entry level positions in the workforce.

Examiners say the new test is harder, but that it better prepares students for the workforce or college.

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