Danville, VA -- Experts say now is the best time to start working toward getting a GED certificate because come the start of next year, the test will get harder.
Right now the test includes five subjects including reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. But the questions are created by 2002 standards. When the new test comes out, it will be by 2014 standards, so it's that much harder.
"If you don't have your GED, you can't go further," said Eligus Lee.
Lee knows that all too well. For ten years, she has been out of school and on her own.
"I've been living on my own since I was 16 so I had no choice but to work and that got in the way of my education," said Lee.
So, off and on for the last year, she has been working toward getting her GED certificate, the first of many steps to reach her goal of one day becoming a counselor.
"I'm excited. I'm very excited," said Lee.
As a coordinator of Adult, Career, and Technical Education, Jackie Rochford encourages everyone in a similar position to start now to get their GED.
"The new test moves into what people in 2013 or 2014 are expected to know," said Rochford.
The new test will be fully computerized with more essays and advanced math.
"There is going to be just a lot more testing related to depth of knowledge and critical thinking and problem solving," said Rochford.
Rochford says every student takes a varied amount of time to prepare for these test and often it's months. So, as Lee explains, it's better to get it done before the switch.
"If I was you I would be getting in here with flying colors to get their diploma, their GED," said Lee.
Another thing to remember is that there are different parts to the GED test. And if you have passed some but not all by the end of the year, you will have to start all over. Now really is the time to get it completed because the price is going to double too.