New test, lower costs for GED high school credential

Tacoma News TribuneDecember 16, 2013 

There's good news about the cost of the new 2014 GED test.

The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges announced Dec. 13 that the cost for the full series will drop from $150 to $120. The cost for each individual test will remain at $30 per test, but the new test has only four parts instead of five, thus reducing the total cost for the entire GED series.

The GED, which has been around more than 70 years, is a way for people who never finished high school to take a series of tests and receive a credential that can qualify them for jobs, college admission and financial aid.

A new version of the test will launch Jan. 2. Students who have completed portions of the old series have until Dec. 31 to finish testing under the old system. After that, their old scores will no longer count and they will have to complete all sections of the new test. Plus, they’ll need to pay for the test again.


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