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April 3–April 9, 2013 | Education

Students Hurry to Finish GEDģ Test Before It Changes in 2014

Are you working toward passing the GED test? You might want to finish soon. The test will change next year.

The GED test now has five parts. People will have to start over if they do not pass all five parts this year. The new test will be used starting on January 2, 2014.

The GED test measures adultsí skills and knowledge. Passing the test is like getting a high school diploma n. paper that shows a person graduated.

Most states have just approved new standards n. quality levels for schools. They are called the Common Core State Standards. They help students get ready for college and careers. The new GED test fits in with the standards.

The new test will have four parts. Writing is not a separate test anymore. It will now be part of all four tests.

Students will have to take the new test on a computer. This year, they can use pencil and paper.

The changes are the first since 2002.

Close to Passing

Joyce Monroe is 24. She has been studying in a GED class in Buffalo, New York. She wants to take the test before it changes. She has taken some practice tests. She thinks she is ready for writing and science. But she still needs more work in math.

She needs to pass all five parts by the end of the year. Otherwise adv. if not, she will have to start over with the new test.

"Iím so close," she said. "I donít want to start all over. That would make me drop v. quit GED like I did high school." She wants to show her 5-year-old daughter she can do it.

About 700,000 adults take the test each year. About 72 percent pass it. More than 1 million may take it this year before the changes.

History and Changes

The GED test was first offered in 1942. It was for soldiers who did not get to finish high school.

Armando Diaz works for the GED Testing Service.

"We see that higher ed has new standards," he said. "The workforce (and) the economy (are) changing.

"We decided itís time to give the (test) a face-lift n. change in something to make it better," he said.

There is one more reason to pass the test now. The new test may cost twice as much. Some states will pay part of the $120 cost of the new test.


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Readers' Comments

On 3/26/2015 12:44:49 AM Lynette Lanier said:
I believe they are so wrong for doing this. Change the standard test of ged I pass all but not math I only need 6 points now I have to take the test all over again it took me 8 years to pass and it was so hard to balance my life and rise my kids and work and now I have to take the whole test over that some *** up *** I believe they should have let people who have pass a least have of there test finish out there test not make them start all over I believe that was wrong selfish and evil to who ever change January 2014 G.E.D test standards.Coming from Lynette Lanier HEART!

On 3/24/2015 3:10:46 PM ManuelMn said:
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On 3/24/2015 12:29:16 PM Elizabeth said:
I had a hard life, too. I didn't receive that much attention in my school work nor did I get any recognition. I started failing in a lot of my classes. Had to go to summer school, and yes, sometimes cheat on big exams to pass to the next grade, so that my family would be proud of me. That was the only time they paid attention. I am now 28 years old. in 2014 I went to pay for my first exam. Need I say, I walked in there not prep'd for the exam holding so much pride in myself, and guess... I passed. I passed all four (exams) language arts, writing, reading, and social studies. I failed math. I was mad and disappointed in myself. You have to make a 410 0r a higher score to pass. On all 5 tests I made a 2350 which is considered passing because it only takes a 2200 I believe so, to pass. But with math i made a 392 and everything else, was 540 and higher.

On 3/13/2015 9:14:48 AM Atara said:
Hello to all- I am 46 and I started taking the GED in 1988. I passed four parts and the fifth part math_ it took me five years. This is only after I went to Adult School for two years, faithfully. All thanks to my crack head/addict mother who never sent us to school, ever. I resent this hurtful part of my life because not only am I a high school teacher, but I am also a a part time professor at the local college- talk about irony... lol. The only time Ms. Crack Head enrolled any of her children in school is when the welfare department demanded to see our transcripts so she could get her welfare check. Her alcohol and crack meant more to her than her five children, including me unfortunately, and she ended up abandoning us in the streets in our early teens (12-13 years old) after we had been raped and hurt by all the strangers she left us with in the first 10 years of our lives. Needless to say, we ended up being homeless teens and some of us resorted to prostitution, died or became wards of the State, sent to prison. Please, my beloved, education is not a right but it is a privilege to be cherished and it can lead to a great life, possibly. I praise you all for being ambitious fighters. I dreamed of being educated and living a life that I seen other kids growing up_ and living_ I am 45 years old right now but back in the day I started the GED process when I was 19 in 1988 and I finished the fifth part (MATH) when I was 24 and received my GED in 1993 when my new born daughter was born to my husband and I. I went to college and today I have an AA degree, BA degree, M.ed degree and an Ed.S Degree and five credentials in the area of Health Science, Math, Science, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Special Education. I am not an over achiever but I am more than a conqueror and so are you. The test is tens times harder today because I looked at_ stunned at the complexity... but you can do it... GO TO ADULT SCHOOL_ TAKE GED PREPARATION CLASSES_ DO NOT BE AFRAID BUT BE DETERMINED, DILIGENT AND PERSISTENT. I believe in you and obviously you believe in yourself. The struggle will make you tough when life gets rough...please don't ever stop because it took me five years and here I am... God bless or good luck... The sad part about my life is all my brothers and sisters are illiterate... remember you cannot barely work at McDonalds without a high school diploma/GED so keep working.

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On 2/24/2015 1:54:47 PM Marly said:
I don't know why people are so quick to judge others that have had difficulties passing the Ged. In my case I don't like myself for not being able to pass this test. My inability to pass it has cause self esteem issues and psychological problems. Looking back I see I've come a long way, and I really do think I have had an undiagnosed learning disability (dyscalcula) due to my parents just not giving me the support and the tools to thrive as a child. If it would have been that easy for me I would've reached the stars by now because I don't lack drive, but where can you go with this educational setback. How? As an adult there is no such thing as accommodations.

On 2/5/2015 5:55:52 PM Heren Air max Greef said:
If we don't do anything--go, That is a very important step.

On 12/13/2014 9:42:58 PM nicole said:
So its my fault my mom was a drunk and drug addict us kids moved left and right had no stability and my mom didnt help me with homework so i left school and ran away because i was failing school .now i want to better my life and they make a test even harder ill be lucky to pass the old one and no everyone needs a ged for college .i want an average job wtf!

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On 10/10/2014 11:56:52 AM kim said:
Why make it harder on someone when they're trying to succeed? I understand they want you to be prepped for college, but making the test harder is not the answer. Some people have legitimate reasons as to why theu couldn't finish high school and now are trying to achieve their ged, but can't because the test is too hard. Not Cool. #Unfair #Ridiculous

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On 10/7/2014 6:02:59 PM Alabama 30 day wait!!! said:
Alabama is the worse! I have passed everything but math, I choose to do the hardest last. I went in today and was 3 points away from being DONE. I figured the worse was if I didn't pass I could just retake it in a couple days....WRONG Alabama thought it would be a great idea that if you did not pass on your first attempt that it's mandatory that you wait 30 days in order to retake. Needless to say I will now probably lose the job offer I've applied for and everything will be flushed down the drain. Oh and for those that judge, I did finish high school and did graduate. However my diploma is not recognized by the state as its a private school from my home town in Florida. The testing center staff were well aware of the short time frame I had and the urgency of me getting done on my set schedule. The testing center had the decency to tell me after I failed that I couldn't retest until 30 days later. Horrible I cannot wait to be done with this b/s experience.

On 10/5/2014 7:15:06 PM Mark said:
Hey guys, im 18 years old now about to turn 19, i was wondering if they would let you take the test even though you havent finish a freshman year in High school?

On 8/20/2014 2:47:33 PM Rita Quardhie said:
Back home l didn't comprited my education l wont to get my ged what dhould l do

On 8/14/2014 7:07:30 PM bumtastick said:
i have taken the g.e.d test several times through out the years and failed it. Now they come out with this new version of the test which is gonna be more expensive than the older one, and its gonna also be harder too. Seriously what the hell is the school board trying to do. I just wish i had taken the g.e.d test from back in the day when my mom took it. Because she told me it was way easier. oh and if you are wondering i am 23

On 7/3/2014 4:30:35 AM Natalie said:
Why does the GED has to be so hard? I want to get an high school diploma not a ged im only 18 came here at age 17 im doing it and ive try so hard get good comments from teachers but ive give up now I want a diploma

On 6/25/2014 10:23:51 AM marjorie said:
It does not matter the reason someone did not finish high school. The only thing that needs to matter to the general public is that you do finish. The outcome will far out weigh the back treading! Be proud of your certificate. As long as you know you worked for it, you certainly deserve it no matter when you receive it!

On 6/23/2014 5:01:27 PM valerie said:
about what metoo said was seriously confusing to hear from because i was on the computer just a few hours before the time and it's like embarassing it said the time and was around the hour it was like the 4:OOP.M. AND THE TIME WAS AROUND 1:00p.m. any questions about learning how to get my "GED" GET IT

On 6/15/2014 3:09:06 AM Montice said:
Honestly Everyone's Reason For Not Finishing High School Is Different And Not Necessarily Because They Wanted To Drop Out But Because Of Living With An Unstable Family. My Story Is, My Mom Was On Crack Cocaine And Decided To Have Another Baby In Her Thirties And Then Through Her Newborn Off On Me As A Teenager, While She Chased Her High, In The Streets. With No Help From Family Members I Was Stuck Raising Her Child, When I Was Supposed To Be In School Myself. So Of Course I Couldn't Go To School With Her Baby, I Was Stuck Inside The House Or Walking The Streets Looking For Her To Come Home, So She Can Get Her Baby But No Luck. I Cried Everyday Because I Was Stuck With This Baby That Wasn't Mine And On Top Of That My Mom Only Came Home Once A Week With Groceries And formula For Me To Continue To Watch Her Baby. Then She'd Head Back Out On Her Mission, As A Result, I Didn't, Well Couldn't Finish School. Eventually Someone Contacted Social Services And My Sibling Was Taken Into State Custody. My Mom Was Forced To Get Rehabilitation Or She Wouldn't Get Her Child Back. I Ended Up Basically Homeless At The Age Of 15, I Just Bounced Around Homes Of Friends And Some Family Until Age 17. Got A Job In Fast Food And Even Tried To Enroll Myself Back In School But Was Turned Away And Told To Enroll For Ged At An Adult Education Center. Even Though I Missed Most Of Middle And High School, I Still Tried To Understand What Was Being Taught At Adult Ed But I Continued To Fail The Exams Math Section, Which I Believe To Be At Least 6 Or 7 Times Throughout 2003-2005. So Guess What I Just Completely Gave Up But It Was Bothering Me Every Year That I Gave Up And I Felt So Stupid And I Blamed My Mom Drug Habit For It All. I Just Prayed And Cried For Many Years But Eventually God Showed Up And Showed Out In 2012. I Got A Reliable Car And Found A Ged Center That Offered Free Ged Classes And Also Free Childcare So I Wouldn't Have To Worry About Childcare While I Learned. To Me Thats All I Needed To Succeed, Blessed. I Studied Math Most Of 2012 And 2013 And I Didn't Let Anything Stop Me From Accomplishing My Goal Of Getting My Ged Before 2014. So God Is Always Right On Time, It Took Me Damn Near A Decade But I Didn't Give Up And I Did It, I Did It. So No Matter What Don't Ever Lose Faith Or Give Up Trying. If Can Do It, So Can You And I Didn't Even Go To High School.... How About That! :-) :-)

On 6/2/2014 2:09:08 PM Thomas said:
My heart goes out to everyone attempting to take the test to improve their lives. I must say that I've been fortunate over 20 plus years of employment. I've had pretty decent jobs without my diploma, even jobs that required it. My reason for taking the GED is because I'm going to start my own business and I need that piece of paper in order to head to college in the Fall. Everyone's situation for taking the GED is different. You even have celebrities and people well beyond their years attempting to better themselves. What's unfortunate is that now you have to pay more money to take the test and it's more difficult for the ones that are already struggling financially. I strongly feel that in order to pass the test will require extensive studies for at least a year because the way the test is formatted, most people that are taking the test are older and more serious thatn the kids that are dropping out of high school. An older gentlemen in my class has been studying for over 8 months and kept failing. As much as he tried he eventually dropped out of class because he kept failing. The question is, Is this test designed for us to fail? I know the numbers at my schoo has dropped significantly since the computerized test. Keep the faith guys!

On 5/15/2014 2:33:06 PM Drew said:
Through the first 4 months of the current GED numbers are starting to trickle in. I teach Adult Basic Education at a state run prison. Currently, our state has 6 GED graduates through 4 months. It usually has 70. I was told other states are having this issue as well. Arkansas usually has around 200 graduates this time of the year. They currently have 7. The GED did get a lot tougher. Thankfully, for test takers, there are other options. There are two other major equivalency tests being offered; the HiSET and the TASC. The HiSET is very similar to the 2002 version of the GED and I believe many testing sites are using that over the GED. Any of these tests will earn a test taker a High School Equivalency Certificate. Many testing sites that started to use the GED, realized that it was more difficult that most realized. We were told that it was going to be norm referenced with outgoing seniors. That does not appear to be the case, as outgoing high school seniors struggled with the test, but the scaled scores did not replicate their results. My advice, unless you are advanced (read: ready to go to college but need the formality of having a High School Diploma or Equivalency), test using the HiSET.

On 5/15/2014 12:55:24 PM Dwayne said:
I think it's wrong to maker people whom are trying to better them self's take the test over if they do not pass it. Heck even convicted murder's or inmates in prison get a second chance now day's. What is right about this?

On 5/1/2014 10:39:18 AM Decoria said:
Hi Renee what I did when I enrolled into the adult learning school they gave me a test called tabe and that testing usually tells you what grade level you are on and you start from there so u might have to go to an adult school just to take the test and get those results. Hopes that help!!

On 4/26/2014 7:16:14 AM  said:
hi my name is renee and im trying my hardest to find out what grade level im after taking my pre-ged test so i'm able to freshin up on what I've forgot where can I go for free to find out what grade level i'm?

On 4/23/2014 12:59:41 PM Decoria said:
hey don't get discourage I just took the new test in Shreveport,Louisiana and im not gone lie it was kind of hard but a lot of the test is using your common sense I went to adult school from DEC.2013/April 2014 and after 21years I finally got my GED! Now im waiting to take LPN classes in the fall. I was weak in math too but I passed.

On 4/15/2014 11:56:56 AM Natasha said:
Hello, everyone. I have been reading some of these comments posted. I notice that a few of you mentioned haveing problem with math. You should check out a site called Khanacademy. It has help me so much and It's completely free. It's like having a private tutor in your home. It starts with oone plus one and goes all the way to college math. So if you have gaps in your learning or your weak on something you can learn at your own pace. Hope this helps.

On 4/14/2014 5:23:23 PM Jessie said:
I'm not 30 years old, I'm not living in America but i've to take this test for my next studying.

On 4/10/2014 5:45:51 PM Jason said:
As a prospective college student myself (studying journalism, history & law at Boston College) i gotta say, i have little sympathy for the individuals complaining about the new format & price increase. Leaving high school prematurely, is one of the stupidest things one can do, regardless of the reasoning behind it. yet all these people did exactly that, and i or anybody should show sympathy? No! Their in this predicament, because of decisions they made. I'm not saying i don't admire their initiative, it's commendable, but it comes far too late. Most of the people complaining on here are 30+ & still don't have a high school diploma or nearest equivalency, i have to wonder... What the hell have these people contributed to society? More importantly, what have they been doing with their lives, all this time? Welfare? Freeloading? Probably both, they are one in the same. I only just turned 20, yet i'm already a GOP Affiliate, High School Graduate, College student & more. I honestly don't know how people go through life without certainty or purpose, without a diploma you have nether, nor the prospects to achieve something special. Plus you miss out on college, which in of itself; is worth sticking around for the diploma. Anyways, at the risk of sounding condescending, i'll wish all General Equivalency diploma hopefuls good luck and best wishes! P.S I'm aware there are several punctuation errors above, but I'm tired & honestly far to lazy too fix them anyways. I'm also aware calling myself lazy in a lighter tone, yet coloring other people (freeloaders) in a darker tone is quite hypocritical, but whatever.

On 3/22/2014 12:26:17 AM Vantrell Lewis said:
I'm with Dars program and I'm too shy to take my GED the only question in my mind is what if I'm not smart as I use to be I really want to do this without my parent help for I can get them off my back because once I was done with high school but with a different education because I was in special Ed until this day I'm still upset with my mom about that if my education was so importation to her why didn't she talk to my jr high teacher about placing me in normal class like some of my special Ed friend

On 3/19/2014 3:59:15 PM Jessie said:
Hahaha ok good luck from the heart by me really but I'm so afraid too. I have to take the test so soon but I dont know how absolutely. Anyone know any page for informations about ged test?

On 3/18/2014 1:33:04 AM Joy B said:
I took everything but my math so far and passed this year!!I barely passed though.I'm 36 and been out of school for 20 year's.I'm taking my Math test tomorrow and scared to death!The pretest was easier than the real test..I thought it would be the other way around for all subject's.I scored really high on the pretest and only scored barely over 150 on test iv'e already taken so people take free classes if you have the time!!Wish me luck!

On 3/16/2014 3:46:30 PM Jessie said:
Thank you, guys! But what if you don't have enough points for GED test, what after? I'm so afraid really, I heard that in 2014 you should to know something from your before knowledge, did you take a test in 2013 or in this year? And can please someone tell me will I have to do every question from the book or just someone? Plz can someone tell me?

On 3/15/2014 1:32:27 PM manny said:
I passed all test first try

On 3/13/2014 8:42:40 PM Passed 4 tests so far said:
I passed 4 tests so far in three days. I used Gedforfree.com to study. On the HiSet, you need a score over 8 to pass and my scores were 12 for Math, 15 for Language Arts reading(did not study for that but I should have, 17 Science and 17 for Social Studies. I am waiting on my results for the Language Arts- Writing I took on 3/11/14.I studied hard for the Math(which I am not good at)for two days with a lot of interruptions. If I can do it, so can you. Say positive things while you study and before the test be confident you can pass and don't panic. It wasn't bad like I thought it was going to be.

On 3/12/2014 9:23:49 PM Jessie said:
Can someone explain me how is taking GED test. I'm so afraid cuz I need to take it. Can someone explain me how it works? Anyone who have experience. Anyone? !? :(

On 2/22/2014 1:37:08 PM M.L said:
I am 20 yrs old. I took the GED tests in 2013 i passed every one of the tests except MATH.. Which has been one of my struggles ever since i was in middle school.. MATH just kept getting harder and harder for me... It sucks that i have to take these tests all over... I will just try to keep my faith and believe in myself.. I wish i had a consistent tutor but i don't have the money for it :(

On 2/15/2014 2:01:45 AM Victoria said:
Very disappointed with myself, I completed but Math so now I'm having to retake the whole thing again. I started taking the 2014 yesterday just to see what it would look like and I missed it by 3 points.....well I told my husband I wanna give up b/c I'm tired, I'm praying God give me strength and open up my mind more in toward passing this test.

On 2/11/2014 7:52:32 PM Rosa said:
come on people,give it a rest! We've all had the oppertunity to graduate,but decided to drop out. I knew the test was going to change in difficulty and cost early 2013, I too needed to get my GED and did exactly that without waiting till the end of the year. Don't blame anyone but yourselves for not testing in time due to whatever reason.Instead of complaining prepare for the new test.YOU CAN DO IT!!

On 2/11/2014 12:30:01 AM justina said:
I just got my test scores for science and social studies and im below passing just upsets me badly cause i did so good on the practice tests last year

On 2/10/2014 10:07:41 AM Donnelle Mcfarlane said:
This is just terrible... They've robbed me for my equivalency diploma just because of 10 points !?! You're gonna ruin my life because of 10 points ? Make it harder for us because you feel it's easy? You don't want people to struggle with their second chance to actually have a purpose on this planet. I just can't believe this. WHY CANT I JUST TAKE THAT ONE PART OVER?!

On 2/7/2014 3:46:08 AM Ty said:
I don't think I can pass highschool it's too freaking hard...I study and study and study I literally wasted my teen years studying for exams I can't even pass to graduate...still trying my best...I don't wanna get a GED I want a diploma my 3 brothers got theirs and me I'm the youngest and they see me as a failure...they are probably right...Junior in Highschool and I have one last chance senior year...if I can't do it...idk what to do with my life...I always dreamed of being a video game designer...sadly my dream is fading into nothingness....:'( *sigh*

On 2/4/2014 3:56:09 PM becca said:
So I passed my pre-GED before November of 2013 but my mom never got around to paying for the actual test and now She's waited too late and I have to this this one.... that costs twice as much.. because the first one wasn't expensive enough as ur is. I'M poor, my family is poor and now we can't afford this. Thank you for ruining by life.

On 2/3/2014 12:39:28 AM Nina said:
hey friends! me now I don't know even where to start by, I spent 6 months sleeping only 4 hours a day, I passed all but I didn't reach 2250 I was 2210, now only because of 40 points I have to start over! am so depressed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

On 2/1/2014 1:41:44 PM  Cool Drummer Chick said:
Hi...I have been in A GED class since Sept 2013. I too wanted to take the 2002 test... to get it over with and move forward. I share some of the same feelings,I first started going to GED back in 1992 was there for 7 months. ...Then found out they left...the class was gone...:( Now 21 years later I go back only to find out the revamping of GED Test . What was the point in making changes to the test...I just went back after the winter break, from what I heard from my teacher NOW I'm PISSED!!! My teacher said they did NOT give them enough teaching materials yet so she can help us prepare for the new test. I mubbled as I was putting my books into my book bag.. (then they were not ready to make the change they should of left it alone) my teacher heard me and AGREED! Please: I would like to know if anyone who is in GED class is going though this??? Cuz I raised up alot in class about it. I sat in front of the class and could tell while my teacher once looked like she could just teach us, Now was like in her own Question in trying to understand as she was reading the new way to do the work... Please feel free to send me an email on this or other things ...one more thing I also got told that there is NO TEST TO TAKE YET NOT UNTIL SPRINGTIME...so in reading other peoples comments someone said they have taking the new test already?????

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On 1/30/2014 10:26:00 PM Victoria R. said:
Its sad but unfortunately I have to take the whole thing back over again,I was almost there and I just couldn't pass the math. I really don't want to start over again but my husband as already bought the 2014 GED sooooo I'm back in there,so plz pray for me and if anyone of you are living in the Killeen area and want to study together,plz hit me up........

On 1/27/2014 8:48:28 AM Jennifer Thompson said:
Hi Matty, You can find a chart showing which states are using which tests here: newreaderspress.com/HSESummary.aspx -Jennifer Thompson, News for You editor

On 1/27/2014 4:03:48 AM matty said:
Does anyone knows which ones are the states that didn't change the test?? I know that New York is one of them, but I don't know which are the other ones. :/

On 1/26/2014 9:44:29 AM valletadella@gmail.com said:
So now that many people have their diploma the job are still paying minimum wages . And are hiring part time are using mostly agency to seek worker for their company people with big degree are going for low job . This country is going down they are using the GED to disqualified people who apply for simple job such as cashier you have to have a GED. Some people who have GED or bachelor's they can't even communicate well while serving the job world. Many people can't study well because they're stress out in united state of America . Because of bills can't buy food no job for diploma holder. Yet they said they're preparing the 2014 for job market . But my friend where is the job? For the millions of American who are out of job. It the other way around the educators are turning the GED around by making it harder so only a few can pass it . So that way , they can still hold their job until retirement . But only the strong will service. For god don't like ugly. While they stress their brain to make the exam hard for human kind . Karma will kick in, alzimmer will pay them back with their nasty deed.

On 1/21/2014 11:14:12 AM Jennifer Thompson said:
Hi Katie, Since this story was written last year, some states have decided they don't like the new GED Test and are offering a different high school equivalency test. The best way to get started is to contact an adult education program in your area. You can find one at the National Literacy Directory: nationalliteracydirectory.org/ If you are in a state that offers the GED Test, you can find a place to take it if you register online on the GED Testing Service Website: ged.com/ Once you register, you can find a place to take the test. Good luck! -Jennifer Thompson, News for You editor

On 1/20/2014 12:08:54 PM Katie said:
Where can I go to ged test is there a website that shows me what to do

On 1/19/2014 2:46:30 PM coco said:
So many of you who passed talk about how easy it was, but to each his own. Don't put others down because OUR brains are not as sharp as others. I passed all of the parts the first time except math, which is my weakest subject. All I need was just 10 points and I to feel it's unfair that all my work is being tossed and I'm forced to start over. I toam over 40 & should not be made to restart. And some of us can't afford $150

On 1/16/2014 8:20:53 PM Debbie said:
I passed my GED test in November 2013 at the age of 45 so don't let your age stand in the way, I was struggling in the math section and scored a 450 and if I didn't pass my math I was done FOR 2013 I was happy that I passed, so I retook the reading and writing part over and scored a 450 in reading and a 530 in writing, for all of you that have to take the 2014 GED test on computers you can do it don't let FEAR take over you. I remember Steve Harvey saying "GOD DIDNT TAKE ME THIS FAR TO LEAVE ME" and its been stuck in my head ever since...I was studying 24/7 and before ever test I would PRAY..FOR ALL OF YOU TAKING THE 2014 GED TEST JUST KNOW "YOU CAN DO IT"

On 1/16/2014 9:10:08 AM Syeena Crawford said:
I am dumb as hell.. And I pass... Yes

On 1/11/2014 11:26:12 PM chunky momma said:
The high school test are still are still harder than the ged the he spa&the SAT...u just gotta keep trying and not give up and we all can do it

On 1/11/2014 11:18:51 PM chunky momma said:
I took my ged in 2011 it was extremely easy except for the math so I didn't pass it...I was telling myself that was gonna wait to get my car so I can take the classes again....its 2014 now and the test changed so now I'm kinds nervous...but trying to keep positive on not giving up if I don't pass and might having to take it multiple times if it is as hard as they making it seem like.....but I'm thinking those stander

On 1/9/2014 8:39:35 PM Earl said:
Im 20 dropped out at 17. Just took the new test yesterday and.passed with honors. its not even hard and all of you are ready to quit before even trying. Thats why you.never passed highschool . Man up and go.take test youll feel a whole lot better when.you.pass. And yes noe.there are only 4 parts but its reading and writing together its the same

On 1/8/2014 1:00:05 AM M.McClain said:
I was just everyone elsa i though the GED test was going to be hard i been out of school for 15years. I self study for year and half went to school for a month and that Want no help ether. So i was scare i kept putting it off and the year was almost over. So i got up neuve to take it and pass my first time i was so happy to know that i pass if i can so can you belive in your self

On 1/7/2014 5:07:34 PM check it out said:
JOUQ4J Looking forward to reading more. Great article.Much thanks again. Great.

On 1/5/2014 10:38:49 PM glm said:
If I can pass the tests anybody can.I hated school n the work it's crazy though .I passed all my tests n I was 10 points short and I had to take it again but I did it

On 12/31/2013 2:26:27 PM Jane Doe said:
I am very disappointed my husband just received his results, he finished 10 points short according to Ohio credentials. He is 46 years old not like he is going to college just wanted to prove to himself and our sons that he could pass :(

On 12/29/2013 2:05:21 PM Mandi in Michigan said:
I was suppose to graduate in 1998. I went all 4 years of HS, but switched schools every year. Thorough out the years I have taken GED classes & quit them so I could work full time. I kept putting the test off thinking I couldn't pass it. I moved back to Michigan & hooked up with a testing center that provided free tutoring. I scored so high on my practice test for everything but math that I took them right away & passed. I had worked with a math tutor for 6 months & signed up to take the test on 12/3/13. As I was waiting for my results I got a phone call from the GED examiner stating the misplaced my answer sheet. I had to retake the test on 12/27 & I passed!! If I didn't pass I was NOT going to retake it all over again on the new test. I feel like a weight has been lifted off me. Never underestimate yourself. The test really wasn't as hard as it seems. I scored so high on reading that all I needed was the lowest score on all the other tests. Focus on your strengths but improve your weaknesses & good luck!!

On 12/25/2013 8:00:51 PM monica said:
I waited until now to finally go get my GED. I think being terrified to fail kept me from taking it and I passed all 5 parts on the first try. I would encourage people to just take the test it's not as bad as it might seem I scored low in the mathematics with a 480 and my highest score was a 710. I'm very proud of myself and I plan on making 2014 a great year for myself. Stay positive and good luck to everyone trying to achieve their GED you can do it!!!

On 12/24/2013 4:10:26 AM Black7King said:
I have been stressing out for the last 2months over my results.I studied on my own and passed on the first try.The practice test in the,study book was actually much more difficult.I kind of understand them changing the structure of the test because change is constant,but the high pricing raises a red flag.I send all of you guys facing the new test my warm currents.I know you guys can do it.Don't give up.Positive Energy Always Corrects Errors

On 12/22/2013 4:55:18 PM Sarah said:
Yes I was hoping I that I was going to be able to take the old GED but I wasn't ready to I'm going to take the new one.. I pray that I pass.. and I know it is going to be hard. does anyone know if u can take the tests one at a time?

On 12/21/2013 8:46:58 PM CeCe said:
I Have been a student for over 2 years.trying to pass my GED.I am 60 points away from 2250. Now I have to start over..I am very disappointed and will not return back to school

On 12/20/2013 1:04:29 AM Montice said:
challenge yourself, Everything you want to learn can be learned right from a library book. Its up to you to teach knowledge to yourself, Its your brain so use it. Once information enters your brain, it can't be removed unless you get brain damage. Math will always be math, reading & science will always be the same. You dont have to know it all, You just have to know enough to pass. Keep having babies but cant keep a book open long enough to gather the info, thats your problem fool

On 12/20/2013 12:49:36 AM Montice said:
Sad *** people posting... We have all kinds of self help elementary verbiage math/science/la/ss books in all local libraries. If you want something bad enough, You'll eat, sleep & breathe it day/night until you understand whats being registered in your brain. 2014 test isn't getting harder, Just more technical as in show your work instead of guessing. The test even gives you a formulas tab so there is no need to try to memorize all formulas. Get books and study your weak areas everyday & eventually you'll learn it & remember how to apply it on the test. People scared of any lil change instead of stepping up & challenging themselves to gain more know

On 12/18/2013 10:02:40 PM marilyn@Georgia said:
I've been taking the GED for almost 2 decades,and still cant get it .I passed all subjects but don't have enough points to pass,so sad And now im older damn near 50 .my mind isn't as good as it was," I had to start over twice because they keep changing ,they should have a age group because older ppl shouldn't be in the same room as younger children us older ppl need extra time to understand what were reading being on a time scheduled takes away our thinking and causes us to get nervous and we start choosing the wrong answer.

On 12/16/2013 3:56:48 AM Kool MasterChef said:
Since I am attending currently a GED class I have some. new information. Some of the changes its got to do with math called trigonometry

On 12/16/2013 3:45:27 AM KoolmasterCHEF;) said:
I I am currently in a GED class... Since September I asked my teacher if I could go for taking the 2002 version of the GED test... Since I never took it... I was in GED 21 years ago.... And never got to take the GED test... New changes may be good maybe bad it isn't fair because no one really knows.... Do wish you all good luck to you going after the GED and congratulate them on the bravery is finally taking it...... Teacher told me all tests have been accounted for I will not be able to text next week that's not fair...:(...

On 12/15/2013 2:26:21 AM the one & only said:
I got to wait 30days since I did not pass my math I have to wait 2take the test & that's next year Smh. I got to start over aww, guess I got to barrow some cash or get a job to pay for my test. I think if you don't pass the new test they pay for your 2nd test hmmm I need to study more I only took class for a year but missed days & a couple months. I knew I could have got it though. think anyone can pass the test just FOCUS & eat right study also believe in yourself (: Good luck to everyone taking the GED test it should be okay its just on the computer in 2014.

On 12/13/2013 3:35:03 PM Mary said:
I pass everything but math, took my math test for the 3rd time yesterday and failed it once again, I'm beyond depressed , I have 1 more try this Saturday and I'm so scared and not feeling gooyd about it. I feel like such a dummy😥 I made this same attempt 13 years ago and failed math back then as well, I think I'm going to give up, I can't afford it any more, I'm. Already out 192 dollars, ugh

On 12/13/2013 3:33:12 PM kyler said:
I think the test should stay the same , its not fair! If it was about the money they should of just raised the price instead of changing the test. Goo luck to everyone taking the GED.

On 12/10/2013 7:15:53 AM Whitney said:
I took my test in November. I found out that I passed, yesterday. The test wasn't hard at all. If you take time to prepare and study, you'll pass. No one is responsible for your education, except yourself. No one owes you anything. Stop whining and complaining and get it done. This is what is wrong with the world today.

On 12/9/2013 11:31:22 PM Paapd said:
So sad,had a bad day testing.Passed all but math,tried to make it before the new year ,now my passing scores are gone.I have to start all over.I'm depressed,completely devastated.

On 12/6/2013 7:05:04 PM someone said:
If so many failed the math over the years. Why is it they didn't correct the holes in the educational system vs punishment to the ones who are struggling Many years later!

On 12/6/2013 7:01:33 PM someone said:
I wish I knew more about the new testing. I have finished all my testing except math. I have math phobia and have been terrified to retake the test. My fault for waiting do to fear. But I'm not alone. Why do they feel its necessary to make something so many adults struggle to do even harder!? I didn't graduate high school. I was young and on the run from a dysfunctional family. It just seems to be that our country doesn't care to help us. Only about the evil dollar!

On 12/6/2013 5:09:26 PM Anna kensisngthin said:
I think is unfair to have to take all the test that just been pased again. In 2014. I didn't pass math.

On 12/3/2013 8:52:20 PM Passed said:
I took the test at 50. Studied for about 2 weeks - math was my hardest part during the study period and I still got a 540 on that portion. 540 was the lowest score and 800 was my top score. It really is easy, hard to believe that 40% of high school seniors couldn't pass it. The hardest part of the test is the worrying about it before hand.

On 12/1/2013 10:38:06 AM latira said:
I took my test already but I didn't pass math am I going to have to start over still I'm n Tuscaloosa Alabama

On 11/28/2013 2:34:09 PM Rick said:
This is going to get alot of people depressed i take my ged in like 10 more days. making the ged much harder, i will promise you know not many will pass it, which it will make alot of people in life struggle to get a job to have a good future and 1 more thing.... i will promise you that criminal activity will sky rocket because of all this.

On 11/23/2013 6:15:16 PM Gay nay said:
The GED test start in 1942. It was for soldiers who did not get to finish high school.The GED test change next years.Many people pass the GED test.People will have to start take the GED test.

On 11/20/2013 3:25:36 PM Ara said:
My teacher told me that not even her will pass it, how they are expecting us to pass it?

On 11/16/2013 2:17:07 PM Professor Joe said:
The educators are at fault for individuals not able to pass the GED. The system continues to advance children to the next grade even though they are not prepared. I would bet if you took all the students due to graduate from high school in June of 2014 and had them take the current GED, you would find MANY would not pass. Let’s get real here. Many adults are not passing the current test – yet the government feels the test needs to be more difficult! Not sure I understand the reasoning. This is a government money-maker for sure and I am sorry if you are stuck in the vicious loop. Let your voice be heard.

On 11/13/2013 12:00:04 AM Sabrina said:
It's not right. Most people just want their GED so they can get a job in a factory, or some become skilled in something simple. Those that go on to college obviously are smart enough to pass the entrance exams and graduate, so there's really no point in all of this. I just spent an entire year studying for this test, and finally took it. I can do the math but I need more time. I have short term memory problems that hinder my performance, and now it's getting even harder. I pray to God that by some miracle I receive my GED in the mail in two weeks.

On 11/11/2013 3:20:47 PM Obviously said:
Oh boy well I do feel bad that changing it will make it almost impossible for some people to pass. I can kinda understand why they are doing it. People who do stay in high school work their butt off to get their diploma. The GED test they are currently using is fairly easy and not equivalent to actual high school work and high school level education. To charge more is definitely wrong though and raising the price should definitely be reconsidered since some will need to take it multiple times. I had kids very young and dropped out. I ended up getting my GED in 2008 the year I would have graduated. I couldn't help but think there was no way it should have been as easy as it was and no way it should be equivalent to my friends who some with kids and some without stuck it out and finished high school barely passing. I was failing high school because the work was too hard but passed the GED with a high score it just didn't seem right to me and still doesn't. Why is the test so much easier when it is supposed to be equivalent? I'm sorry I have opposing vies but still wish everyone the best of luck passing.

On 11/10/2013 6:09:09 PM Gloria Stanz said:
This shows how much problem solving went into this action. Absolutely none. It's all about making more money off the people that need their GED. What this system is doing is taking advantage of people that are in need of a GED. This is another big American hustle, camouflaged to look like something better. Sure they're gonna double charge those that already took the test, because they need to pay for those NEW computers. The irony of it all is that the average American is not becoming smarter compared to other students in foreign countries. Yet they are making the test harder, knowing most will now fail. That is not great problem solving skills put to use. Leave well enough alone, if the GED student pass, surely they will go on to collage and learn more...ya think?

On 11/5/2013 8:23:24 PM Luisa .c said:
I am little mad because am Not going to take my GED texts this year:-( am going to have baby boy in 2Weeks am not going to have time to take it! I going to see I can take some Classes for the summer, and I hope I can passes the GED texts to have a better job better life!!

On 11/5/2013 8:09:40 PM Luisa .c said:
I will like to take my GED,like I can get better job and do more my 3boys that have...

On 11/5/2013 12:13:38 PM mrs peavy said:
I just took my test yesterday, wasnt as hard as i thought. I hope i pass i would hate to have to do this again in 2014!

On 10/29/2013 7:37:08 PM stevie said:
EHH.. I've been trying to pass my GED for 2years now..I don't have it yet..I'm trying to get it before this year ends buti don't have a job well cause I don't have a diploma& that means ..I do not have the money..I don't want to start all over D:

On 10/29/2013 4:50:21 PM kimmie said:
This is horrible! Reading the reports and all this new Ged test is going to be Harder, I think that the adult class is a waste of time you have so many people that is on so many different levers..i don't see why you cant study online for this test. things are hard out here for young people that has kids and want their Ged but also have to work to make a living for their kids..this is crazy

On 10/26/2013 3:24:07 AM Evan said:
magic story very thanks

On 10/18/2013 10:03:33 PM know it alls said:
its not right the teacher r at fault they need to go back to school and learn more they need to hire more people for ther class rooms more one on one in the class rooms it is imposble to memarise every word out ther solve every equetion to be ceative not every body is skild in the sub as most r here is the anwer WHEN THEY TURN 16 PUT THEM RIGHT ON THE JOB AND TRAIN THEM ON THE JOB RIGHT THEIR bleep SCHOOL

On 9/26/2013 7:23:16 PM Blessing said:
why is it going to be hard in 2014?

On 9/17/2013 11:08:41 PM cherry said:
First the price, then this smh!!!

On 9/5/2013 3:33:20 AM newma said:
Why do you want to change ged exam?only conclusion i am coming up with is to keep people in proverty and to keep wefare going..i think you should leave the ged alone. we have other problems in this world that needs to be address, beside stopping poor people from getting an educaton i wish i knew where i could try to stop this madness..shame on all that is going along with this,

On 9/5/2013 2:49:44 AM Aljuwaiber said:
We don't have any idea about it. May be better than the old one!

On 7/27/2013 3:12:36 PM Lee, Byongwoo said:
GED test is hard to understand for me. my english lever is intermediate. so if it is possible to have intermediate level cause for me? in fact, i am an aged person. but i try to mke up grad as a GED class. could you tell me if can lean intermediate level calss by online,? if so, how much do i have to pay per month or year? thank you.

On 4/16/2013 2:40:41 PM ahmed dahir said:
that is not bad to change

On 4/11/2013 12:43:57 PM erik gatdula said:
i was reading this story and it reminds me of myself when i was trying to pass all five tests to complete my ged. it took me several trys before i got my ged and i still have it. and now it looks as though they are changing the goal for having a ged i have mine already so i'm not worried about it thank you

On 4/10/2013 8:38:13 AM Donna Shelton said:
Thank you for this information. We will put it to good use.

On 4/6/2013 2:20:13 AM Ricosuave said:
It'll b easier for me. I can type very fast.

On 4/5/2013 11:18:29 AM Abc123 said:
Try hard

On 4/5/2013 10:23:26 AM Bob the builder said:
They can do it

On 4/5/2013 10:22:27 AM Jayme said:
Ohh dang!!!!! That is bad for Joyce

On 4/5/2013 10:20:41 AM Bob said:
Why did they drop out

On 4/5/2013 10:17:02 AM Ernesto Bonilla said:
This is not good.

On 4/5/2013 10:16:04 AM Anna said:
This is cool