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What to Expect From the New GED Test Format

A computer now administers the GED test. That means that all the questions appear on a computer screen, and you enter all your answers into a computer. You read, calculate, evaluate, analyze, and write everything on the computer. Even for work like rough math calculations or draft essay writing, you don't use paper.

Instead, the test centers provide you with an erasable tablet. If you know how to use a computer and are comfortable with a keyboard and a mouse, you're ahead of the game. If not, practice your keyboarding. You at least need to get more comfortable with computers, even if that means taking a short course at a local learning emporium. In the case of the GED test, familiarity breeds comfort.

Under certain circumstances, as a special accommodation, the sections are available in booklet format. Check with the GED Testing Service to see what exceptions are acceptable.

The computer-based GED test allows for speedy detailed feedback on your performance. When you pass, the GED Testing Service provides both a diploma and a detailed transcript of your scores, similar to what high-school graduates receive.

They're now available online at the GED Testing Service website within a day of completing the test. You can then send your transcript and diploma to an employer or college. Doing so allows employers and colleges access to a detailed outline of your scores, achievement, and demonstrated skills and abilities.

This outline is also a useful tool for you to review your progress. It highlights those areas where you did well and areas where you need further work. If you want to retake the test, these results will provide a detailed guide to what you should work on to improve your scores. Requests for additional copies of transcripts are handled online and also are available within a day.

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