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Major changes coming for GED test in Missouri

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HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) -

If you're thinking about taking the GED, officials say you'll want to take it sooner rather than later. 

Starting in 2014, the cost for those taking the test in Missouri will increase from $40 to $140.  The test will also be completely electronic, meaning test takers will be able to know their results right away.  Both officials and students spoke on what they know about the changes. 

"That it's going to be harder, it's all going to be computerized, and it's going to cost even more money to take the test."

That's what Tamra Riechard said she's heard about the changes to the GED in 2014.

And for many people like Riechard, she's not taking it lightly.

"It's a priority, it's a have to," she said.

Hannibal Career and Technical Center Director Roger McGregor said if you need to take the GED now, don't wait.

"Those changes will be dramatic in some ways, and I think it would be to a person's best interest to get their high school equivalency or GED to do that before the 2014 date," McGregor said.

Not only will the cost of the test rise from 40 dollars to 140 dollars, but there's a chance people will have to travel even further to take the test.

"Like I said if our local site changes then it will probably be St. Louis, Columbia, or Kirksville would be the closest sights around that a person could take that test," McGregor said.  

And if that isn't tough enough, McGregor says the test gets harder every year. McGregor said the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, or DESE, statistics showed 33% of high school graduates wouldn't have been able to pass the test this year, so he has a fair warning for those still in school.

"It tells me if you're in school and you're thinking about dropping out, you better seriously think about staying in high school because getting a GED is no easy task," he said.  

 (Click here to learn more about the new GED program on the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education web site.)

Next year, McGregor said DESE expects 40 percent of high school graduates wouldn't be able to the pass the G-E-D test.

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