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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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Next year, adults taking the test will only have to answer level one and level two questions, she said. Test takers could be asked to recall elements of a story, perform routine procedures like measuring length or using punctuation marks correctly or solve multiple-step problems, according to IDWD information.

CTB/McGraw Hill has released sample questions for next year’s TASC.

One math question says, “When a spherical balloon is filled with air, it has a diameter of 6 inches. Which of the following gives the best estimate for the volume of air in the balloon in cubic inches?”

Test takers are provided with a calculator and formula sheet. They have to figure out how to apply the formula.

Those questions will change by 2015, though.

In 2015, the level three questions will be added in, Berry said. By then, test takers could be asked to develop a scientific model for a complex situation or determine the author’s purpose and describe how it affects the interpretation of a reading selection.

The following year, the most complex questions will be included on the exam. Those could ask test takers to analyze and synthesize information from multiple sources or design a mathematical model to inform and solve a practical or abstract situation.

Berry said it’s a lot of information to take in right now. Even with all of it in front of her, it’s hard to envision exactly what the test will look like, especially three years from now.

“It’s hard to wrap your mind around it until you see it in practice,” she said. “It will be an ongoing learning process for us.”

Mullins said they are doing orientation often for anyone interested.Those interested should go to the center, 2815 E. Market St., and fill out a form, because there is a waiting list, she said. The phone number is 574-722-5209.

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