FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Vanessa Lamoreaux | Associate Director, Communications
Kansas Board of Regents
Armando Diaz | Public Affairs Specialist
GED Testing Service
September 25, 2012
SUCCESS ON THE GED TEST IS NOW JUST CLICKS AWAY IN KANSAS
Adults opt for new benefits that come with testing on computer
(TOPEKA, KANSAS)— In striving to provide more adult learners throughout the state with a high school credential and basic technology skills, the Kansas Board of Regents is partnering with GED Testing Service to offer the GED test on computer. Online registration and scheduling was available to test-takers on September 20 and testing will begin on September 25, 2012.
“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 the Kansas Board of Regents 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 scheduling and registration that is available 24/7
- More testing flexibility for test-takers: They can choose when and where to take their test
- Instant unofficial score reports: Faster results mean adults can apply for jobs or immediately begin studying if they need to retake a subject area
- Enhanced test security
“We are proud of every student who makes the commitment to improve their lives and education and employment options through obtaining a GED,” said Andy Tompkins, President and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents. ““The capacity to test on computer introduces new levels of flexibility, technology, and service to students, which reflects our desire to make the GED accessible.”
According to state GED program leadership, the computerized test will initially be offered in three locations across the state before it is eventually expanded. The testing centers are located at:
- Hutchinson Community College, Hutchinson, Kansas
- Garden City Community College, Garden City, Kansas
- Johnson County Community college, Overland Park, Kansas
Since the launch in January, more than 12,000 computerized GED tests have been delivered in at least 24 states, including the District of Columbia, 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.
For adults interested in taking or learning more about the GED test on computer, please visit www.GEDtestingservice.com.
- Video short – Great Things in Motion; Why the GED testing program is changing www.GEDtestingservice.com/educators/great-things
- Video short – The GED test is not online www.GEDtestingservice.com/notonline
- State-specific statistics can be found on our website www.GEDtestingservice.com/educators/historical-testing-data
About the Kansas Board of Regents:
The nine-member Kansas Board of Regents, founded in 1925 and established in the Kansas Constitution, is the governing board of the six state universities and the statewide coordinating board for the state’s 32 public higher education institutions (six state universities, one municipal university, 19 community colleges, and six technical colleges). In addition, the Board administers the state’s student financial aid, adult education, GED, career and technical education programs, and the state university retirement plans. The Board also approves private proprietary schools and out-of-state institutions to operate in Kansas, and administers the Kan-ed network, a statewide network that provides broadband Internet access and distance learning capabilities for schools, hospitals, and libraries.
About GED Testing Service:
The GED test has opened doors to better jobs and college programs for more than 18 million graduates since 1942. Last year nearly 800,000 adults sat for the GED test, which is accepted by virtually all U.S. colleges and employers. As the creator of the one official GED test, GED Testing Service has a responsibility to ensure that the program continues to be a reliable and valuable pathway to a better life for the millions of adults without a high school diploma. GED Testing Service is a joint venture between Pearson and the American Council on Education (ACE).