State expands GED testing options

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ALBANY — More high school equivalency computer-based testing options will be available to test takers in 2022 and beyond under a contract with the GED Testing Service, according to an announcement by state Education Commissioner Betty A. Rosa on Wednesday.

Beginning this month, GEDTS will provide the state’s High School Equivalency (HSE) exam. With its computer-based testing options, GEDTS will provide greater flexibility and increased access to the exam for more of New York’s students.

“Accessibility and rigor are the pillars of a successful high school equivalency program, and the testing administered by the GED Testing Service provides both,” Board of Regents Chancellor Lester W. Young, Jr. said. “The GED is free to all and provides opportunities for students in every stage of life to advance their goals, opening doors to higher education and successful employment.”

The GED Testing Service is used by more than 40 states and offers a student-focused approach.

The state said that it also plans to offer the exams at no cost to test takers, which will ensure that cost is not a barrier to student success, according to the announcment.

For additional information, go online to the state Education Department’s website at: http://www.acces.nysed.gov/hse/high-school-equivalency-hse.

Highlighted features of the GEDTS program in New York include:

Offering exams at no cost to test takers, which will ensure that cost is not a barrier;

Delivering the HSE exam primarily through computer-based testing (CBT) with paper-based testing (PBT) available, including for test takers in incarcerated settings, as required;

Using a fully integrated online system known as GED Manager for CBT and PBT exam administration by NYSED, test centers, and adult education preparation programs; 

Providing test takers “one-stop access” to the GED Testing Service website where they will be able to locate test centers, testing schedules, and register and schedule tests entirely online if they meet regulatory requirements; 

Providing more timely access to CBT scores for test takers; and allowing for a more streamlined approach to approve test centers, expanding the number of approved test centers in the state.

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