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GED will triple in price by 2014
The GED is becoming a computer-based test, and along the way it's getting more expensive.

Ida Lieszkovszky

The price to take the GED will triple starting in 2014. The price hike for the high school diploma equivalency test is part of a bigger move to transition from a paper- based test to a computer-based one. But StateImpact Ohio’s Ida Lieszkovszky reports that some folks say the test will cost more than they can afford.

Lieszkovszky on the GED price hike

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Forty-two year old Nora Scharbaii hopes to pass the GED by the end of the year.

“Without a GED, you basically are no one. Without education you cannot do what you really want to do.”

Scharbaii wants to become a massage therapist. Taking the GED will cost her 40 dollars. But, starting in 2014, the GED will get a whole lot more expensive – three times more expensive to be exact. Sharbaii says for folks like her, that’s a problem.

“It is a challenge because I’m a single mother and unfortunately I’m not a working mother. I depend on the grants and every help I can get.”

The last paper-based test will be offered on December 21st of 2013 in Ohio. The computer-based test will be phased in over the next year.

The test will also undergo some content changes starting in 2014, including cutting down from five separate sections to four.

Officials at the Department of Education say the new computer-based exams will have some upsides. They expect more testing locations to open and results to be turned around more quickly.

(Plus, while students usually get three chances to pass the test in a 12-month period, during the transition year, they will have six extra chances to take the test on the computer.)

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