The state of Montana is getting rid of the High School equivalency test know as the GED's in favor of a newer cheaper test. For many years the GED Has had been the standard High School equivalency test here in the treasure state.
"GED stands for General Education Development and it was a test that was designed for people who didn't reach the High School Diploma so that they can show their proficiency with high school expectations," explains Chief GED Test Administrator, Jody Hicks.
As of the end of 2013 Montanan's will no longer be taking the GED test.
"The GED test is going away its being sold to a for profit company. The state of Montana does not want to go with that same company. and so the state of Montana has gone with a different company that has created a high school equivalency test and so basically the High-set high school equivalency test is going to take the place of the GED," says Hicks.
A major factor in the change has been the cost it would take for folks to take the new GED's under the new company.
"Well there are the cost is one factor right now the GED cost the test taker $55 when the new GED comes out its going to cost a $120-$125 and so for the test takers that's a tremendous barrier," says Hicks
According to officials the new test will be similar to the old GED, but have a few minor changes.
"The test will essential look the same of course the questions will be different the language portion of the test will be a little different. It's going to be a persuasive essay as opposed to an informational essay so there are some differences that the test taker will see, but for all intensive purposes it's going to look very similar," explains Hicks.