NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Across the state, changes are coming to the GED causing many to want to take the test now. Instructors at Cape Fear Community College say they are seeing a significant increase in students signing up.
Officials say the switch has been two years in the making and by this January all states, including North Carolina, will take the newer form of the GED.
The changes include the cost, which CFCC officials say it will go from $35 to $120 for all of the tests. New next year, you will also have to pay to re-take tests. The newer version will be computer based and will also align with the common core curriculum. Students that have taken some sections of the current test will have to pass their remaining sections by the end of December, or retake all sections in January.
"I just want to get my GED, so I have an accomplishment," explained Phillip Brewington. "Knowing I didn't graduate from college, I just want an accomplishment." Brewington has been studying and working hard for months so he can get his GED. He dreams of going back to college and eventually getting some type of IT job.
"I just like messing around with computers, I love technology," explained Brewington. He's been taking the test one section at a time, and all he has left is writing and math. However, if he doesn't pass both sections by then end of December, none of his hard work will count. He'll have to pay $120 to retake everything in the new format.
"That wouldn't be fun, I've already passed most of it," explained Brewington. He's not just worried about re-taking it. Officials say the newer version of the test will align with the common core curriculum, meaning the writing section will be analytical and they say the material will be harder for many.
"Students will not only have to master and review what they have already learned, but they will have to learn new material," explained Erica Talbert, the Director of Basic Skills at CFCC.
"It's kind of hard for me now," said Brewington. "My standpoint is, if it's going to be harder it's going to be harder for me to get the GED.
Talbert says the changes are causing an increasing number of students to take the test now, in fact CFCC is pretty much booked until October. "It's not typical to be that full," explained Talbert.
For info on how to take the test, call 910 - 362 - 7141.
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