News 12 at 6 o'clock / Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Changes are coming to the the General Education Development test. The changes will affect the GED program nationwide, but Georgia is one of the first states to use it.
Cindy Lewis, a mother of four and a GED student, is determined to complete her goal.
"I do not want my son to graduate before me," she said.
Lewis is not just racing against the clock because of her son, it's also because we're going to see some changes to the GED.
"Other than the cost of it, the test is more rigorous than the present test, therefore, it's going to say more about you to an employer or university," said Augusta Technical College GED Chief Examiner Ronnie Beard.
The new changes include higher fees and instead of taking the test on paper, students will now have to take it on the computer.
Beard says no one should be discouraged because the new test will open the doors to more opportunities.
"If they don't finish now, everything that they have already accomplished on the the test, the parts that they have already passed, will be completely wiped out and they'll have to start all over again and take the brand new test," he said.
Augusta Technical College is starting an effort called the "close-out" campaign to make people aware of the new changes.
"Every day counts, you have time but your time is running out, so come on and do this, don't worry about the the fees, like I said, they have assistance for those who need help, they'll help you," Lewis said.
Lewis says she hopes the changes do not turn students away from taking the test.
The deadline to finish the current GED test is Dec. 12, 2013.