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Changes coming to GED requirements

Published On: Apr 12 2013 09:54:39 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 13 2013 07:35:08 PM CDT
LA CROSSE, Wis. -

Adults working towards their GED will have to do it quickly.

Starting next year, the test will be completely changing and any previous scores will no longer count. It's the first major change since 2002.

Most noticeably, the tests will be taken on a computer instead of with pencil and paper. And instead of a section dedicated to English, long response questions will be asked in the other four tests.

That's a change a Western Technical College administrator says is more like life in the real world. "I can't remember the last time somebody asked me to write a 5 paragraph essay, but I get asked to read things and respond to them in writing all the time, so it's a much more authentic way of demonstrating learning," said Western's Dean of Instructional Support Services Chad Dull.

Dull says there are about 1,300 people enrolled in Western's GED program.

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