GED Testing Service has heard from researchers, business leaders, college officials, workforce investment groups and former test-takers, all of whom say that basic technology skills are essential to determining whether a test-taker has the skills to succeed in college and careers.
Take Liane Scott’s story for example. At 16, she dropped out of high school to raise her daughter. While holding down two jobs, she earned her GED® credential. This credential paved the way for her to earn a college degree and get a better job and better life for her and her daughter. But she taught herself to use computers along the way and recognizes how much easier school would have been with technology. Liane believes that adding computer skills to the GED® program is the only fighting chance we can give people who hope for better jobs and continuing their education.
- So far, more than 100,000 GED® tests have been taken on computers, and not only are people passing the tests—they’re passing them at a higher rate.
- A recent analysis showed that the pass rate for adults testing on a computer was 88 percent, compared to 71 percent on paper.
- Adults taking the test on computer finish faster than those taking the test on paper.
- People are also more likely to retake a failed test administered on computer.
- Standards for career and college-readiness include the ability to use technology tools effectively