Top 5 Changes to the GED for 2014

1.       Constructed Item Response
The 2014 GED Test required that candidates complete short answer and extended item response writing exercises on all four subtests with longer extended item response items appearing on the literacy and social study subtests. The prompts for the writing exercises will instruct the candidates to use ideas and details from primary sources in their responses; there will be no opportunity for the successful GED candidate to include opinions in the 2014 GED writing exercises.
 
2.       Computer Bases Testing
The 2014 GED Test is delivered via computer; there will be no option for paper-based testing. It will be necessary for GED candidates to be familiar with keyboarding skills in order to keystroke their responses. Further, candidates should have practice opportunities in their GED preparatory programs to experience computer-based testing models.
 
3.       Aligned with the Common Core Standards
The 2014 GED Test is aligned with the Common Core Standards in an attempt to focus on knowledge and skills most strongly correlated with success in career and college. The Common Core Standards are being implemented throughout K-12 across the nation in 2014.
 
4.       New Item Types
The new test content requires new item types to evaluate candidates’ knowledge and skills. All generation of the GED Test—including the current version—have featured multiple choice questions. The 2014 GED Test includes, in addition to multiple-choice items:
~ Fill-in-the-blank
~ Drag-and-drop
~ Hot spot
~ Cloze
~ Multiple selection
~ Short answer
~ Extended response 
adult students : Man sitting at a computer terminal with woman in background (selective focushigh key)
Because of these new item types, candidates’ use of test-taking strategies will be minimized and a more in-depth demonstration of skill and competencies are required. 
 
5.       Prior Knowledge
The current GED Test does not require candidates to utilize prior knowledge in order to complete and pass the test. The 2014 GED Test requires that candidates use prior knowledge in order to successfully complete the test. This means that the GED Test is no longer “just a reading comprehension test.” Candidates will have to possess background information in a variety of content areas, for example, social studies and science, in order to pass.

For more information please check out this video!
 

3 Minute AAP GED V3 from Minnesota Adult Basic Education on Vimeo.