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Changes on the way for the GED

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Big changes are on the way for the GED test. The current testing system expires at the end of this year.

School officials say next year, the tests will be more difficult in an effort to make GED graduates more competitive with those who have a high school diploma.

The entire test may also be fully computerized.

"It will be much more difficult, it will be much more involved, it will probably be all computer based so there are a lot of skills they'll have to learn which were ready to teach," explained Laurie Weston from Pitt Community College.

Anyone who has started taking the 5 required tests since 2002 also has to finish by this year or they will have to start from scratch.

School officials say the sooner you sign up the better because spots will fill up fast, and colleges can only administer a limited amount of tests.

The cost will also increase from $35 dollars to possibly as high as $120. If they fail a test, students would also have to pay for any additional tests they take.

Other changes are still up in the air, It will depend on which company the State chooses to administer the GED.

More than 100 graduates proudly received their GED from PCC Thursday night.

They say regardless of changes, the GED is their second chance to a bright future.

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