The new GED® program launched earlier this year by the GED Testing Service aims to increase the number of Americans prepared for college-level work.
Now, a brochure produced by the GED Testing Service, 2014 GED® Program: A Guide for Admission Officers, provides more details about the new test andhow to interpret test scores, and makes recommendations for how college admissions offices might use GED test scores.
Also included in the publication is a table that matches GED test scores with their associated national class rank for comparison purposes.
A related website also has more information about how new GED program will enable millions of adult learners nationwide to forge a path to a high school diploma and on to college.
ACE formed a joint venture with Pearson in 2011 to create the GED Testing Service as a way to assist the millions of Americans who lack a high school diploma and are not prepared for the college courses and career programs required for most of today's jobs. A major impetus for creating the new program was the fact that just 12 percent of those who passed the old GED test went on to gain postsecondary degrees or credentials.
Vital to this new GED program is a new test aligned with state and national college- and career- readiness standards, designed to ensure that students graduate from high school with the skills they need to succeed in credit bearing college courses without remediation.
The new GED test has two performance levels. The first is a minimum passing standard for achieving a high school credential. The second is the GED With Honors score, which signifies that a test-taker's performance meets college- and career-readiness standards and that the student is ready to tackle credit-bearing college courses.