Tennessee Considers Cheaper, Easier To Take GED Alternative

Tennessee is looking for ways to deal with big changes in the GED—the high school equivalency exam. Education leaders want to make sure those who need to take the test won’t be left out.

As of this year, the GED is no longer offered as a pencil and paper test. Image: Jason Selicksar/Flickr

As of this year, the GED is no longer offered as a pencil and paper test. Image: Jason Selicksar/Flickr

The cost of taking the GED doubled this year, to $120. Next year, it goes up even more. The GED used to be a pencil and paper test, now it’s only offered on computer. Education officials in Tennessee and other states are considering a new exam known as HiSet. It costs just 50 dollars. Those taking it will have the choice of paper or computer.

State Board of Education director Gary Nixon says it’s similar to the GED, both in terms of content and scores.  The board approved  HiSet in April. Tennessee will start offering it next year, alongside the GED. But some states, like Montana and New Hampshire, are scrapping the GED and will  only offer HiSet

 


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