The GED is one of the most well known high school equivalency exams in the country. Now Indiana is introducing a new test that is said to be more challenging but more appealing to employers. The "Test Assessing Secondary Completion," or TASC, is the exam set to replace the GED. 40 other states are interested in doing the same. Spokesperson Joe Frank for Indiana’s Workforce Development says the change of exams is best for those seeking employment and higher education.
"We really wanted to make the high school equivalency exam a robust and rigorous exam so that it would be readily accepted by employers," said Frank. "Folks that get the high school equivalency exam and the credential can find their way into secondary education easier and into the workplace."
Those currently taking classes to earn a GED must pass the test by December or they will have to take the new one.
"We’ve really been pushing folks that are in adult education programs who are on their way to completing the current GED exam to complete before the end of the year," said Frank.
The East Wayne Street Center in Fort Wayne offers free GED classes and tests. Claudia Peevy oversees GED test procedures at the center. She says if students don't pass all five sections of the test by January, they will have to start over and take the TASC.
"We’re really putting an emphasis on the current students who fall into that category, to 'let's get you through this so that you don’t have to start all over. I’d hate for people to have to do that," said Peevy.
An added benefit for test takers will be the cost for this new exam. The current cost to take the GED is $70, but that price is going up to $120 in January. Workforce Development officials say they are working to keep the cost of the TASC under $70.