Skip to main content

Record numbers took GED test before exam changed

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Last Thursday in Minneapolis, 160 graduates walked across a stage at Edison High School to receive their GED, the "General Educational Development" exam that serves as a high school equivalency credential.

Twin Cities Daily Planet reports that they were the most recent GED graduates in the city. They were among a record number of mostly adults who took the test through Minneapolis Adult Education. Just under 900 individuals, completed the test in 2013. In the past, typically 600 students have taken the GED each year through the program which also includes classes to prepare for the exam.

Carlye Peterson, who runs run the GED testing center in Minneapolis, believes the higher number of test takers was due to introduction of a new version of the GED which arrived on January 1, 2014. The new test required students who had been enrolled in classes to either finish the program by December 31 or start over on January 1. “It’s quite a motivator to get them to come back and take the test,” she said.

CBS News reported the revamped test is based on more rigorous academic standards. The new test features a more intensive version of the same subjects, including language arts, writing, math, science and social studies. Those taking the new test use a computer rather than paper and pencil.

In August, the St. Cloud Times reported a sharp uptick in the number of students there who were busily preparing to take the test before the changes were put in place. Usually about 100 people took the test in the St. Cloud school district each year. At the time the story was written, that number was expected to be 250 to 275 for the year.

The Owatonna People's Press reported at the start of the month that the changes in the GED is creating changes at the community's Adult Learning Center at Roosevelt Community Education which had previously been a satellite facility of the Faribault GED testing center. Now that the GED will be completely online, Owatonna will become an additional testing center.

Although the GED has been a staple of adult education for 70 years, the changes have caused some states, including Iowa, Indiana and New York, to cut ties with the GED exam in favor of similar tests. The newspaper said that Minnesota is still in the process of evaluating the new version of the GED.

Next Up

Semi into house near Sturgis, South Dakota

Semi drives into house near Sturgis, South Dakota

The force from the semi was so strong that the foundation of the house was moved.

ambulance

18-year-old from Zumbrota dies in Goodhue County crash

The crash happened in rural Goodhue County around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday.

thomas beach, bde maka ska - lake calhoun

3 Minneapolis beaches closed due to E. coli contamination

No illnesses have been reported, according to the MPRB.

Hockeyland1

'Hockeyland' documentary debuting in Minnesota movie theaters

The documentary has received great reviews at numerous film festivals.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Former Minnesota Olympic runner accused of driving drunk in Eden Prairie crash

Police said the man's blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit.

ATV

Man, 79, killed in ATV rollover near Faribault

The man was declared dead at the scene.

minneapolis police

Woman fighting for her life after shooting in Minneapolis

The woman was shot only about a half-hour after a 14-year-old suffered critical injuries in an apparent accidental discharge.

prior lake high school

Two students face discipline over racist messages at Prior Lake High School

Families and students were largely uncooperative with the investigation.

Sharon and Herb Vasser

Cause of Hopkins house explosion that killed couple revealed

Sharon and Herb Vassar were killed in the explosion. Herb built the home back in 1962.

Arrows on target

Charges: Minnesota camp counselor fired arrows at kids, injuring boy

An 8-year-old boy was shot in the arm with an arrow.

North Shore Mayor Chris Swanson.

Two Harbors votes overwhelmingly to recall Mayor Chris Swanson

The mayor had been scrutinized for several things leading up to the vote Tuesday.

Screen Shot 2022-08-10 at 8.43.50 AM

Suspected gunman at large after homicide near Albert Lea

The 32-year-old suspect was last seen in a 2004 white Ford F-150 with Minnesota license number EUZ-057.

Related