New version of high school equivalency test coming

A new version of the GED high school equivalency test will be released next January, the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development said Friday.

The department warned that Alaskans who have started the current five-part GED test have until Dec. 31 to pass all five sections or else start the test over again next year.

Current GED test-takers have three chances during 2013 to take each test in writing, reading, math, social studies and science. The scores of each test are averaged together.

The upcoming version of the test, which will be released next year, will condense writing and reading into one language arts test, meaning it will have four sections instead of five. It will also incorporate some essay questions and will be administered by computer.

“The new computer-based test measures critical thinking skills and provides immediate feedback that will help GED test takers understand their strengths and weaknesses,” said Amy Iutzi, the DWLD’s statewide ABE/GED program director, as quoted in the department’s news release Friday.

More than 5,000 Alaskans have started the current GED test but have yet to complete it, according to the department.

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