Fifty jurisdictions launch the GED® test on computer

To prepare for the new assessment being launched January 2, 2014, in all jurisdictions (except Canada), GED Testing Service is working with administrators to launch 37 jurisdictions with testing on computer before the end of 2012.
 
Feedback from test-takers and professionals has been favorable. Test-takers find the test easy to schedule, flexible, and less stressful than a pencil and paper test. Professionals appreciate the improved process, increased security, and happy test-takers.

 

North Dakota builds computers for testing

SHEYENNE VALLEY TACKLES CBT IN A HANDS-ON WAY

If you build it, they will come. That’s North Dakota’s mindset at least.

When GED Testing Service announced computer-based testing, the state was awarded a federal grant to buy computers. Sheyenne Valley Area Career & Technology Center saw the state’s computer shortfall as a learning opportunity.

“We asked if it would be okay if we built the computers for our center,’” said Frank Egan, technology coordinator at Sheyenne Valley. The response: Why don’t you build them for the entire state?

Egan and seven entrepreneurial students accepted the challenge. The goal is to build 140 computers before the end of the year. They’ve set a comfortable pace, with 60 computers built so far. Egan works with five students on campus, and communicates via videoconferencing with two students remotely.

“We can knock out about 20 a week,” he said.

The students learn the basics of building computers, but they also learn the business of building computers. Each student finds spare parts from vendors, manage a budget, and tell Egan why they chose certain parts for the machines.

Computers built in his class are up and running in three of North Dakota’s testing centers. There hasn’t been a single complaint yet, Egan said.

This brand of do-it-yourself problem solving not only provides computers for the state’s testing centers—it also saves money. The computers can be built at a slightly lower cost according to Egan.

“I love the basic concept of students helping other students, regardless of their age. Everyone benefits,” said Allison Jennings, program manager at GED Testing Service. “States are concerned about finding resources to support GED® testing on computer. This proves that there are creative ways to use limited dollars for maximum benefit.”

Other centers that might be interested in a similar program should find out about the specifications that are required by each testing service before spending time and energy on the computers. These specifications will be part of the blueprint for the computers they build.

As for Egan and his seven computer-savvy students the project has been well worthwhile.

“I’d build 140 computers every year if they would let me,” he said.

 

Weekend testing easier in Mississippi

“Test-takers were computer savvy,” said Jan West, a 30-year veteran adult educator and director of the GED® testing program at Itawamba Community College in MS. She has seen decades of change within the program and said her students were comfortable on computers.

West said there are distinct benefits to offering the test on computer. Specifically, her center will be able to offer more night and weekend time slots for test-takers who work during typical business hours.

“The people who have taken it said it was a most pleasurable experience and they would do it again in a heartbeat.”

In late February Mississippi launched four centers with the 2002 Series GED® Test on computer.

STATE STATS

  • FIFTY JURISDICTIONS LAUNCHED:

    Alabama
    American Samoa
    Arkansas
    Bermuda
    California
    Colorado
    Connecticut
    DANTES
    Delaware
    Florida

    Georgia
    Hawaii
    Idaho
    Illinois
    Indiana
    International
    Iowa
    Kansas
    Kentucky
    Louisiana
    Maryland
    Michigan
    Minnesota
    Mississippi
    Missouri
    Nebraska
    Nevada
    Newfoundland and Labrador
    New Hampshire
    New Jersey
    New Mexico

    North Dakota
    Ohio
    Oklahoma
    Oregon
    Pennsylvania
    Rhode Island
    Saskatchewan
    South Carolina
    South Dakota
    Tennessee
    Texas
    Utah
    Vermont
    Virginia
    Washington
    Washington D.C.
    West Virginia
    Wyoming
    Wisconsin

  • 914 TESTING CENTERS

  • 113,094 TESTS DELIVERED ON COMPUTER

  • 80% REGISTERED AND SCHEDULED ONLINE; 20% USED THE CALL CENTER


    WATCH

    The GED® test on computer can be offered anywhere that has Internet access, two computers, and a security package!