Starting in 2014, the General Equivalency Diploma program is changing the way they offer the official GED test. For many years, the GED test has been offered as a paper test and students filled out their answers with pencil. This type of test format is becoming obsolete in the ever-increasing speed of the technology age. The computerized format is not a new option, but now it will be the only option for test-takers in most states.
This offers some distinct benefits to test-takers. The computer format of the test is less prone to administrative errors and mistakes, but also provides candidates with some unique advantages. Once you have finished a section of the GED test, your score is immediately available to you. This allows candidates a much better understanding of their test performance and reduces the amount of waiting time for scores. By reducing the time spent waiting for scores, it is possible to complete the GED much faster. Because you can only retake a section of the test after you taken them all, you no longer have to wait to find out whether or not you must retake a section.
Another advantage is that the testing environment is much more standardized, giving everyone an equal opportunity to succeed on the test. One specific problem that many candidates encounter is not having an approved calculator for the test. The computerized format test offers students an on-screen calculator to make the test-taking process much easier and straightforward. Every student across the country gets to use the same calculator and no one has an edge over another test-taker. The computer test also allows candidates to register online for their test, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
One potential drawback to the new test format is the degree of technology use required of every candidate. Test-takers that do not have experience using a computer or typing with a keyboard may struggle with the new format. Because the modern workplace is technologically advanced, GED candidates must be able to operate in a workplace that runs on computers. This new condition makes GED classes even more valuable. In GED classes, you can get practice with the testing computers and learn essential test-taking skills that will be useful for test day.
Another drawback is the cost of computerized testing. The price of the GED test varies in many states, depending on availability and state funds. Because it is a new service, the computerized format of the test is a different price than the paper-and-pencil tests. In some states, the computer test costs more than the old version, but in others, it is less expensive. This will be determined by the state you live in and the testing center that you choose for your GED test. Overall, there are many more advantages to the computerized test format, so even with a higher price, it may be more beneficial to test-takers. Faster results, clearer questions, and more test-taking tools all help candidates achieve their high school credentials with less stress and more confidence.