Kentuckians who have not finished their GED exams will have to take all four parts of the test over when the test is updated in January.
It’s the first time in nearly a decade the GED Testing Service has updated the exam, which is taken to earn the equivalent of a high school diploma.The last date to have completed the test before the update was Dec. 18.
The new test will be administered by computer, which isn’t expected to detour test-takers, says Jacqueline Korengel, Kentucky’s GED state administrator.
“The first person who took the computer based test here in Kentucky was actually 63 years old. So I think that the technical abilities that are necessary are pretty prevalent throughout the population,” she says.
Korengel says the new test will double in cost to $120. Kentucky officials have not yet decided whether the state will offer free testing days like in the past.
Anyone taking the test in Kentucky must take a free practice exam, which is why Kentucky’s passage rate is around 80 percent, higher than the national average.