State to alter GED testing on Jan. 1

As the state pre­pares to al­ter the GED test, the North­east GED Cen­ter is en­cour­aging people to take classes be­fore the changes are in ef­fect.

The changes will be in place by Jan. 1.

The test will cost $150. At present, the fee is $75. In ad­di­tion, the test will be offered only on­line. Also, North­east GED Cen­ter own­er Bon­nie Kaye be­lieves the new test will be much more dif­fi­cult to pass.

“If people haven’t been suc­cess­ful un­til now, it will be far more dif­fi­cult in the fu­ture due to the ‘three C’s’ of the new test — con­tent, com­puter and cost,” she said.

The North­east GED Cen­ter is at 1928 Cottman Ave. Kaye said her pro­gram will have to be ex­ten­ded from four weeks to three months due to the com­plex nature of the ques­tions on the 2014 test and the key­board train­ing in­volved.

The loc­al GED cen­ter of­fers morn­ing, af­ter­noon, even­ing and week­end ses­sions. Classes are sched­uled for Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber. Stu­dents meet either on three week­days or both week­end days. The cost is $150, which in­cludes re­gis­tra­tion, books, handouts, in­struc­tion, prac­tice test­ing and pre-re­gis­tra­tion for the GED test. 

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