2011-06-22 / School News

Hike in GED testing fees delayed

Individuals desiring to take the tests to acquire their General Education Diploma (GED) will not see an increase in the fees until early 2012.

The state board that oversees the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and its Office of Adult Education (OAE) has voted to rescind a planned increase in the GED test fees for Georgia’s adult learners. The TCSG will wait until at least early next year to reconsider the cost.

In April, the TCSG announced that the test fees would more than double from the current $95, which would coincide with the launch in July of a firstever, computer-based GED test by the GED Testing Service. However, the GED Testing Service recently asked Georgia to postpone the cost increase citing the need to resolve all operational and technical matters involved in the development and delivery of the computerbased testing (CBT) model.

The current fee of $95 to take the full battery of GED tests that measure reading, writing, social studies, science and mathematics skills will remain in effect into early 2012, or however long it takes to begin the computer based GED testing.

Both the GED Testing Service and the TCSG want ensure that the CBT is working flawlessly before anyone takes the new electronic version of the test.

It’s estimated that there are more than 1.3 million adult Georgians who are without a high school or GED diploma. Last year, almost 20,000 men and women in the state changed their lives for the better and improved their job opportunities by passing the test and obtaining their GED diploma.

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