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September 17, 2013

GED test to change in January

Local officials learning about replacement test while former test is still available.

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once or take one component at a time.

The exam will be seven hours long and will have more than just multiple choice questions to assess students — a change from the GED. There will be fill-in-the-blank questions and short essays.

Berry likes that change.

“They’re heading in the right direction,” she said. “Some people know how to take a multiple choice test and do well without knowing the material. That’s an issue they had in the past.”

Berry said the questions will be based on Webb’s Depth of Knowledge theory. The theory was developed in 1997 by Norman Webb, a senior research scientist with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research.

It focuses on how deeply a student understands the content presented. The theory identifies four cognitive levels that range from pure recall of facts in level one to extensively using facts to analyze and solve complex problems in level four, according to information released by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

The TASC will work up to those level four questions by 2016, Berry said.

It is unclear at this time whether CLEAR will remain a testing site in January, Mullins said.

Students who are attempting to pass the GED are still able to take the old test through November at the CLEAR center and students who have taken the test, but have not passed one or two sections can take the test through December, Mullins said.

As for what it will mean for Cass County students, it depends on the particular student, Mullins said.

”Everyone who comes into our center comes in at different levels,” Mullins said. “For the people we have right now, we’re pushing to get them through before the new test. The rigor will be different and that’s why we’re watching webinars to find out what we can.”

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