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Changes To Come For GED Exam

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by Marcus Washington

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Big changes are ahead that will affect more than 100,000 people in the Nashville area. Starting January 1, not only will the way you take the GED test change, but the cost is nearly doubling.

Grace Arredondo dropped out of school as a child living in Mexico to help support her family. She later moved to the United States for better opportunities. Eighteen years after her arrival, this mother of three is working towards earning her GED.

"I think the time is now, so I think I can do it before 2014," said Arredondo.

That's a good thing, because starting January 1, all tests will only be offered electronically, the cost is nearly doubling from $65 to $120 and the test itself will be more challenging.

Arredondo said in the past eight months, with the help of the YWCA's GED classes, she's passed four of the five sections of the test.

"The reading test is a little hard for me because of the poetry. There are some words I don't understand, but I know I can do it. I'm going to make it," said Arredondo.

There are five sections to the GED test: Science, Social Studies, Reading, Math and Writing.

Some people have only passed four of the five sections and if you don't complete the fifth and final section by the end of 2013, all of your scores will be erased.

"It is very difficult for the students to think they will have to start over in taking those test, but that is why the teachers and the staff at the YWCA are encouraging the students to finish up by the end of the year," said Pamela Sessions, who is the Vice President of Programming at the YWCA.

She said these changes will make the road more challenging, but students are not alone.

"So the first 15 students that complete all five parts of the GED test [before the end of 2013] will receive a $50 stipend towards their GED fee," said Sessions.

Arredondo said no matter your age or previous circumstances, it is never too late to earn your GED.

"They can take their GED and they can have more opportunities, so it's great to take the GED and go further," she said.

Sessions said most people considering taking the GED know more than they give themselves credit for knowing.

To help people find where they are in the testing process, the YWCA is offering Official Practice Test (OPT) Saturday, November 21, 2013, at 1608 Woodmont Boulevard in Nashville.

Anyone wanting to take the test should call 615-269-9922 (ext. 252).


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