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2014 GED Changes: What You Need to Know

If you are in the process of getting your GED, or thinking about getting a GED, you should know about changes in the testing process. After January 1, 2014, test-takers will be required to pass all portions of the GED during the given testing series. The new GED will be made up of four tests (the current GED has five tests). The tests will be literacy, math, science, and social studies. Test-takers’ writing skills will be tested within two or more of the four tests.

If you are in the process of completing the current GED, you have until the end of this year to complete and pass the remaining portions of the GED. If you do not, your scores will expire at the end of the year and you will be required to retake the complete testing series, even the portions you have previously passed. For more information about the GED, see New Jersey - Jurisdiction Testing Policies (from GED Testing Service) or New Jersey Adult Education (from the New Jersey Department of Education).

The other change you should know about is that test-takers will no longer be able to take a paper version of the GED test. All GED testing will be computer-based. Test-takers will be required to register and go to a GED testing lab to take the test online. Soon, the GED Testing Service will be launching a website (MYGED) that will enable test-takers to:

  • Find out state-specific information
  • Prepare with online study materials
  • Register and schedule testing/retesting
  • Request accommodations
  • Receive testing tips
  • Access score reports with study recommendations
  • Obtain transcripts and/or a diploma.

The cost of the GED will be increased from $50 to $120.

For more information about the new GED and MYGED, see Test Taker Home (from GED Testing Service). The GED Testing Service also has an online tutorial for the computer-based GED.

New Jersey has chosen to offer alternatives in addition to the GED test. These alternatives are still in the approval process. Like the GED, these alternative testing formats will require individuals to pass all the sections in one testing series. While the alternative testing formats will permit test-takers to use computer-based testing, there will also be the option of paper testing. The GED alternatives are anticipated to cost less than the GED. The New Jersey Department of Education will have these alternatives in place by January 1, 2014. Information about the alternative tests will be on the New Jersey Department of Education’s Office of Adult Education’s website in December. For more information, see New Jersey Adult Education (from the New Jersey Department of Education)..

From the November 2013 Looking Out For Your Legal Rights.