Changes to the GED roll out in January

New high school equivalency tests are rolling out across the nation by the start of 2014. No longer will the uniform "GED" title be used, now states are turning to one of three new options for the test.

In Indiana, state leaders have adopted "TASC," which stands for Test Assessment Secondary Completion. But Hoosier State neighbors, Michigan, Ohio and Illinois have adopted the Pearson GED 14 test.

Old tests have expired, which means previous scores will be wiped out if students do not complete all parts of the exam by December 13 in St. Joseph County. The reason for the change, according to GED instructors, is the need for more in-depth coverage on the test.

"The reason it's changing is because what the work force and the post-secondary colleges and universities are seeing is there's a huge gap between the skills that are necessary to be successful in those areas and the skills they're leaving the high school setting with," said Amanda Russell, an instructor at the adult education center in South Bend.

In addition to content, there are several other differences test-takers can expect on new equivalency exams, including cost. Currently, the exam price is $70, now GED 14 test takers will pay at least $120, and TASC test-takers will pay $90. Plus, GED 14 tests will be completely digital. TASC test-takers will still have the paper and pen option for at least the first 3 years.

Although the names will be different, the material on the exam and completion of the exam in any state will be accepted by employers and colleges across the country.

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