The GED will soon be a thing of the past for Iowans looking for an equivalent of the state-issued high school diploma.
The Iowa Department of Education announced last week that a new test called HiSET will replace the GED in 2014.
HiSET was developed by the nonprofit ETS, and according to the Department of Education, will be “more affordable for Iowans and is aligned with statewide standards for what students in kindergarten through 12th grade are expected to learn in English language arts and math.”
HiSET will cost $50 for those taking the test in 2014; the GED testing series cost $120 for 2014.
"The new assessment will help ensure that students are prepared for the demands of our 21st century workforce," said D.T. Magee, interim director of the Iowa Department of Education.
Iowans who started taking the GED since 2002 will have to finish the testing series soon to avoid starting the assessment process again.
The last official GED testing date will be Dec. 13.
The paper version of HiSET will be offered at all current GED testing locations in Iowa starting Jan. 2, 2014.
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