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Changes to GED around the corner

SPRINGFIELD -- If you drop out of high school, chances are you might take a shot at getting your GED.
SPRINGFIELD -- If you drop out of high school, chances are you might take a shot at getting your GED. But, starting next year, the process could get harder and more expensive. WCIA-3's Ashley Michels explains.

"Most people that hire people these days are wanting some kinds of education, like GED or high school diploma."

But, high school wasn't for Triston Lounsberry. That's why he's studying to get his GED instead.

"I'm wanting to get in the mechanic field and I kind of, just want to make my dad proud."

But, if Lounsberry doesn't pass the test before the end of the year, all of that could be put on hold.

"I'm kind of worried about the testings, because a lot of it's going to be changing. It's going to be a lot harder for people."

Starting in January, test takers won't be allowed to use the old #2 pencil anymore. The whole thing will be done on the computer which could prove more difficult thank the actual questions.

"I'm not sure on a whole lot of computer technology, so I think that's what's kind of worrying me a lot is having to deal with that."

He's not alone.

"It's going to be a shock to some participants who take the test."

Computers aren't the only change though. The questions will be more difficult since they will now have to match the Common Core Standards. It could be a problem for some who've only passed part of the test so far.

"If they don't pass it in December, and they don't have a complete score on the GED test, all of those scores go away and they have to start fresh in January."

That's why students are rushing to get it done. Lounsberry says he's not sure he'll finish in time, but says that won't stop him from getting that diploma.

The fee will also increase to $120, but next year, students can pay for and take each part of the test separately. School officials hope it will keep students from dropping out of the program.

There are three testing days remaining before the changes kick in. They are December 7, 14 & 21, but they're only for people who need to retake the GED. If you've never taken it before, you'll have to wait until next year.
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