THE NEW VERSION OF GED BEGAN ON JANUARY 1, 2014
On January 1, 2014, an entirely new version of the GED test was introduced. If you took one or more of the older GED tests (known as the “2002 Series”) but did not complete all five, your scores are no longer valid, and you must take all four tests (now known as “modules”) included in the new version. The modules are as follows:
You may access the GED website, which contains some preparation materials as well as general information about the test, here: http://www.gedtestingservice.com/ged-testing-service
A major change in the 2014 GED test is that the test is now ONLY offered on computer. Testers will need to have minimal keyboarding skills. Several new question types are included in the test; for example, the test now includes some fill-in-the-blank, drag-and-drop, drop-down selections, short answer and extended response items.
AGE REQUIRMENTS FOR GED TESTING
You must be at least 16 years old to take the GED exam. International students must be at least 17 years old. If you are under 18 years old you must submit a completed Underage Permission Form to the Testing Center before you will be able to register for the exam. The form must be signed by a parent or guardian and by the Superintendent of your local school district, and may be e-mailed, faxed or delivered in person to the Testing Center. The Underage Permission Form is available here: Underage Permission Form, or at the Testing Center.
REGISTERING FOR THE GED
A major change in the 2014 GED test is that the test is now ONLY offered on computer. Students will register online, from any computer with an internet connection, and then complete the tests at the Testing Center, on the date and time of their choosing. Specific directions for setting up an account and scheduling your test can be found and printed out here: GED Directions 2014.
The cost for taking the GED is $120 for all four modules or $30 per module. Payment is made with a credit or debit card online when you schedule the test.
If you fail one or more modules, you may retake each module for a reduced fee of $10 after a 30 day waiting period. A second retake is available for the same fee ($10) after another 30 day waiting period. If a third retake is necessary, the cost is $30 and the waiting period is 60 days.
In New Mexico, a candidate may retake any module after a waiting period of 30 days. You do not need to take all four modules before retaking a single module.
Scores will be returned from the test within 3 hours of completion of each test module. During the first few weeks of 2014, scores for Reasoning through Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies may be delayed up to one day. After that time, students can expect a 3-hour score turnaround.
The 2014 GED exam is scored on a scale from 100-200 as follows:
· Below Passing: 100-149
· GED Passing Score: 150-169
· GED Honors Score: 170-200
Test-takers seeking accommodations such as a private room or extra time must begin their registration at http://www.ged.com, in the same manner as all other testers. During the registration process, test-takers seeking accommodations will select, “yes” when asked if they intend to apply for testing modifications (accommodations) based upon a documented disability. After selecting “yes,” test-takers will receive an email with specific information on where to submit their accommodations request, which will include a link to the accommodations website:
GED Testing Service, not the State of New Mexico or the local Testing Center, will make all accommodations decisions beginning in 2014. Test-takers will be notified in writing of the accommodations decision, usually within 30 days. If approved, test-takers will be given specific instructions for how to schedule their accommodated GED Tests with the Pearson VUE Accommodations Scheduling team. If not approved, test-takers will be advised about the appeal procedures. Either way, test-takers will then have the ability to call to discuss the accommodations decision.
DIPLOMAS AND TRANSCRIPTS
All GED testers in New Mexico must create an account at http://www.diplomasender.com/. An e-mail address is required to create an account. After you complete and pass all parts of the GED exam, return to the Diploma Sender website and order your final transcript and New Mexico high school diploma. The first copy of each is free of charge. Additional copies are $18 per document.
For more information, please contact Ellen Roth, 505-428-1910, firstname.lastname@example.org.