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Coming GED changes have some Rockford-area students scrambling

Brenda Brito, with her daughter and niece, signs up for GED class at RVC. Brenda Brito, with her daughter and niece, signs up for GED class at RVC.
Amanda Smith Amanda Smith

Big changes are coming to the GED test. It has some people scrambling to get theirs finished before the January 1st switch. That's because for some this fall semester means pass or start over.


"I know in 2014 it will be changing, it will be a different way of doing the GED, I don't know exactly how that is going to be but I want to get them done before that," says Brenda Brito, a GED student at RVC.


The GED is the test to earn a high school equivalency certificate. It is made up of six separate tests like math, social studies and language arts-reading. Rock Valley College's adult education and literacy instructor Amanda Smith says most of the time people take one or two of the tests then study for a few more and try to pass those.


"Anybody who has started testing will lose their tests January 1st so it's important for people to get finished," says Smith.


There is also a change in the format in the test. It is moving to a fully computer based test, which for some people that in itself will be a challenge. What you will be tested on will also change.


"Before they were concerned more with the breadth, if you knew a little bit about a lot then you were ok. And now they are looking for some depth of knowledge so that people will be able to read something, interpret it, do something to that knowledge and then produce some of there own thoughts," says Smith.


For Brito, a mother of three, she cannot wait to get her GED. She hopes to use it to help her family.


"It will be a way for opening doors for you and also to be a good example for my children so they can obtain what they want in life too," says Brito.


Anyone who still needs to register for a GED class at Rock Valley College has until September 18th. There will be two testing sessions on that day, one at 9 a.m. and again at 5:30 p.m. at the Stenstrom Center for Career Education, 4151 Samuelson Road, Rockford. For more information on RVC's GED program click here.

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