ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Aug. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In striving to provide more adult learners throughout the state with a high school credential and basic technology skills, New Mexico's Public Department of Education is partnering with GED Testing Service to offer the GED test on computer.
"As society integrates technology into almost every facet of life, and the job market continues to be shaped by technology, adults will need basic technology skills to be successful," said Randy Trask, president of GED Testing Service. "Moving the GED test to computer helps adults demonstrate necessary basic technology skills and makes their testing process easier and more efficient. We are so pleased that New Mexico is our partner in this important endeavor."
Several new services will streamline the testing process and benefit adult learners who often need to move very quickly into jobs or training programs. These benefits include:
Online and toll-free number scheduling and registration that is available 24/7
More testing flexibility for test-takers: They can chose when and where to take their test
Instant unofficial score reports: Less waiting means adults can apply for jobs or immediately begin studying if they need to retake a subject area
Enhanced test security
According to state GED program leadership, the computerized test is now offered in three locations across the state before it is eventually expanded. The testing centers are located at:
Dona Ana Community College, Las Cruces, NM
Eastern New Mexico University, Roswell, NM
Central New Mexico Community College, Albuquerque, NM
Since the launch in January, more than 8,200 computerized GED tests have been delivered in at least 20 states and test-takers have taken advantage of the new benefits. "The computer test was easy to use and the instant score report helped motivate me to finish the rest of the sections," said Eric Martinez, who was one of the first individuals in Nebraska to take the GED test on computer. GED Testing Service expects more than half of all states to offer the test on computer by the end of the year.
The GED test on computer is the same test currently offered on paper and pencil. Whether a candidate takes the test on paper or computer, it must be taken in person at an official GED testing center. The GED test is never offered online.
States currently offering the GED test on computer are preparing for the new 2014 GED test, which will only be available on computer. Offering the test on computer before January 2014 allows testing centers to become familiar with the new system and better prepare test-takers.
About GED Testing Service GED Testing Service® is a joint venture between Pearson and the American Council on Education (ACE). This business will drive the future direction, design, and delivery of the GED® testing program. Building on the goals of the GED 21st Century Initiative™, the two organizations will combine their collective expertise and resources to develop a new GED® test aligned with emerging national and state standards that will assure colleges, universities and prospective employers that adults who have passed the GED® test are prepared to compete and succeed in a global economy. The GED® test is used by all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, U.S. insular areas, Canadian provinces and territories, the U.S. military, and federal correctional institutions for the purpose of awarding a high school equivalency credential. Nearly 800,000 GED® tests are taken each year, and in 2010, more than 470,000 individuals were awarded their high school credential through the GED® testing program.