Beginning in January, Augusta Technical College will administer a new GED test.
The 2002 series of the GED was developed by committees of professional educators and test specialists and is based on new national and state standards in language arts, mathematics, science and social studies.
The GED gives the equivalent of a high school diploma to a person who did not graduate from high school.
Marilyn Willis, the director of adult basic education at Augusta Tech, said the changes to the test are positive ones.
"You will feel like you're on an action-packed adventure," Dr. Willis said. "This is not a boring test."
The General Education Development test, a five-part series, is designed to measure the academic skills and knowledge expected of high school graduates.
Some of the changes include an increased emphasis on organization in written communication, analyzation of experiments and the application of scientific conclusion. Test candidates also will see an excerpt from the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Federalist Papers or a landmark Supreme Court decision.
The first GED test, developed in 1942, was designed to help returning World War II veterans finish their studies and re-enter civilian life.
The test is taken by more than 800,000 people each year. Locally, more than 900 people passed the test during fiscal year 2000-01, Dr. Willis said.
Augusta Tech will offer the first new test Jan. 12.
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