First GED test taken on computer

First GED test taken on computer

Posted: Friday, April 6, 2012 6:00 pm

On March 28, for the first time in the state of Tennessee, the GED® test was taken on a computer.
The University of Tennessee at Martin partnered with the GED® Testing Service to offer the first test, which provides some benefits for test takers.
“They will receive an instant score at the end of the test, for all parts except the writing. So they will receive an unofficial score at the end of the day and an official score two weeks later,” said Sharon Robertson, assistant director of the UT Martin Student Success Center, which has been offering the GED® on paper since 1954.
Tennessee is the seventh state to offer computer testing, which gives students more scheduling flexibility, as well as the opportunity for technology minded generations to test on a comfortable format.
“They will have more opportunities at their discretion as to when to take the exam. They can take it on weekends,” Robertson said, contrasting the twice-a-month paper exam offerings.
Debi Faucette, senior director of program management with GED® testing service, was on hand for the inaugural event. “In the paper-based world everybody has to start at the same time; they must move in regimented blocks of time. You can’t move from one test to the next until the time limit is up or until everybody has finished. The beauty with this is that they can look and they can schedule the test they want to take at the time that fits their schedule. There’s no more waiting in a group to move through the testing experience,” Faucette said.
Two students were on hand that day taking the computer-based exam, which was encouraged by the Weakley County Center for Adult and Continuing Education (WCCACE).
“We’re especially excited to be the first in Tennessee to be testing on the computer,” said Mitchell Parham, WCCACE director.
Austin Weldon of McKenzie was one of the two first test-takers, and said the computer test process was simple.
“You just have to create a profile online, come in, and everything else is pretty simple,” he said.
GED® Testing Service® is a joint venture between Pearson and the American Council on Education (ACE).
The actual computer GED® test is not online and must be taken in person at an official GED® testing center.
Published in the WCP 4.5.12

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