If you are working on a GED, you might want to speed it up. On January 14, 2014, a new GED test will be coming out. The creators say it will align with the so-called Common Core curriculum that is being adopted by many states. This is to have students who get a high school diploma be more college-ready.
Study hard now so that you won't need to basically start all over again next year, especially if you are taking practice tests. If you do not pass all sections before December 31, 2013, your test scores will expire and you will indeed be starting all over again.
The new GED test will also be much more expensive at $120.
The GED test was first created to help out military personnel in WWII, helping them to get a high school diploma that would be good in all states.
The new GED test will undergo the most changes ever in the coming year. The test will no longer be five sections, but four: language arts, mathematical reasoning, science, and social studies. Instead of writing an essay, writing will be incorporated into the social studies and language arts sections.
Because these are "new" standards, many adults probably have not yet been exposed to them during their regular school years. Writing and analysis are more emphasized.
The new GED test will most likely be computer-based when taken, but some states are trying to adopt a pencil and paper pathway as well.
Bottom line, if you are going for your GED this year, get it done ASAP!