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Wis. students rushing to take GED tests

  • Associated Press
  • December 9, 2013 - 10:25 AM

WAUSAU, Wis. — Students in north-central Wisconsin are rushing to take their high school GED tests before the exams get tougher next year.

GED, or General Educational Development, exams are a series of tests that certify students have achieved a high school graduate's skills. Right now students have to take five tests in reading, writing, math, science and social studies.

Wausau Daily Herald Media reported (http://wdhne.ws/ILV64O ) on Sunday that the exams will become more rigorous on Jan. 1 to reflect higher high school educational standards. The reading and writing tests will be combined into one exam, meaning students will have to take four tests.

Scores on exams taken under the old system won't carry over into the new year. That means students would have to take the entire battery of tests again. Taking the tests also will become more expensive. Currently students must spend $90 to take all five tests. The new tests will cost $120.

Northcentral Technical College in Wausau has been writing letters for a year to students who have started the GED process urging them to finish before 2013 ends. School officials said students completed 556 exams between January and October, up from 392 tests over the same span last year.

Jason Gilbertson, 18, of Wausau, was at the college's testing center last week, looking to cram in his reading and writing tests. He had already passed the math, science and social studies tests. He told Wausau Daily Herald Media he wanted to finish up under the old criteria before the tests get too expensive.

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