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GED Test News Roundup - Week of Feb 26th - March 4th

It's Time For A GED Test News Roundup!

This post includes my picks for the top 5 stories for the week of Feb 26th - March 4th! Enjoy!

5. Ann Richardson earns GED at 82

"At 82 years old, Ann Richardson earned her GED diploma and became the only one of her 11 brothers and sisters to complete a high School education," says reporter Deidre Wilson. 

This story is pretty short, but I included it in honor Ann Richardson's accomplishment! I wish there was more here about Richardson's background, and how she prepared for the test, but it's still an amazing story nonetheless. 

This is more proof that age doesn't mean anything when it comes to test success! If she could do it, so can anyone as long as they're willing to put in the time and effort required! 

Two inmates at the Dougherty County jail in Georgia successfully completed high School Equivalency tests, according to reporter Re-Essa Buckels. The two inmates were Travious Jackson and Jafarius Patterson. The education program at this jail sponsored by Albany Tech College now has a track record of 28 inmates passing the test!

"When it's easy to throw people away behind jail bars, it's program like this that give inmates a second chance," the report states.

Education in prison has been shown to lower recidivism—the tendency of convicted criminals to reoffend after release—by several studies. My take on this is that offering more educational opportunities like this one in prisons isn't a be all and end all solution, and won't work for everyone.

It's possible that inmates who take advantage of the educational benefits offered in prison are already the type of inmates who won't go on to offend again anyway, so it's hard to see a direct connection yet. However, the results from the studies done so far are definitely very significant, and I'm really hoping more research will be done on this in the future! 

More education is always a good thing, and I can only see positive things coming out of programs like this! The story of Jackson and Patterson is a great story of triumph, and these two will undoubtedly inspire many other inmates to pursue furthering their education in the future.

3. Fewer city residents are taking high school equivalency exams, New York State

In this story written by Selim Algar, Algar reports that the number of adults in New York State passing a high school equivalency exam has dropped to nearly half of what it was in 2010!

In 2014, New York State elected to switch from the GED test as the primary New York State High School Equivalency Diploma to the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC™). What was the reason for the switch? Most likely the cost. In New York—where the state covers the cost of high school equivalency tests—the price per GED test exam taker rose from $70 to $120. In contrast, the TASC only costs $54 per test taker.

Back in 2010 before the switch, New York's high school equivalency test pass rate was about 60 percent, which was already lower than the national average of 73 percent. However, since the institution of the TASC, New York's pass rate has gotten worse.

What's the reason for the sharp decline? It's hard to pinpoint the exact cause, but here are some possible explanations:

  • Too many test takers are testing with little to no preparation, which is pulling down the average.
  • Fluctuating scores may be fairly normal whenever a new high school equivalency test is introduced.
  • Not enough resources/support are available yet to help test takers pass. 
It's only fair to point out that there's been a decline in students taking and passing high school equivalency tests nationwide over the past few years; it's not just a problem in New York!

A graph showing GED test scores in 2010 vs TASC test scores in 2015 in NY state; accompanies GED news article.

A graph presenting high school equivalency test data from the Center for an Urban Future

In my opinion, New York State would have been better off not switching to the TASC, even though it costs less. Consider this: it's estimated that workers in New York State who have no high school diploma or high school equivalency degree are more than twice as likely to be unemployed in comparison to the average worker. Also, note that approximately one out of every 3 individuals in this category are living below the poverty line. 

Sure, I realize that this is a very complex issue, and that it isn't nearly as black and white as the data suggests, but I still think it would have been much more beneficial economically to have not switched to the TASC.

I'm going to go out on a limb here with my own idea and suggest that the brand recognition of the TASC test itself is part of the problem. The original GED test was released way back in the 1940s, and I'd be willing to bet that if you were to go ask random people if they've heard of it, at least 9/10 would say they have. On the other hand, my guess (and this is only a guess) is that the number who have heard of the TASC would be much lower! 

This is saying nothing about the quality of the TASC itself! My point is just that perhaps there's a lot of confusion out there as to what the TASC actually is and the fact that it is now the standard high school equivalency test! We have to remember that many people who pursue high school equivalency tests have been out of formal education for at least 10 - 20 years, and just might not be aware of the changes! 

The good news is that the report indicates that more and more officials and instructors are becoming aware of the problem, which gives us great reason to believe the pass rates will begin to rebound shortly, and will continue to improve more and more over the next few years!

2. The Official GED Testing Service Continues To Offer Excellent Deal

Up until March 15th, students who Pre-Pay for a test on the official Testing Service website will get a free practice test with their purchase! Practice tests are an absolute must for success! Practice tests are vitally important for many reasons, but if you aren't using them right now, here are my top 3 reasons to start:
  • Practice Tests will show you where you're at with your studying
  • Practice Tests will reveal the topics you need the most work on
  • Practice Tests will get you used to working under timed conditions
It might seem like I'm really pushing practice tests, and that's because I am! They're really that critical for test preparation!

When it comes to choosing which practice tests to get, your first choice should be the tests offered by the official Testing Service. Since they're the ones who offer the actual exam, why not just go right to the source? 

This isn't to say that practice tests made by other companies aren't worth using, because there are some truly high quality ones out there! My point here is just that the official practice tests released by the official Testing Service should be a staple in your test prep! Definitely take advantage of this offer if you're interested!

   1. Test Prep Champions Lowers The Price Of Math Guide From $14.99 to $9.99

Okay, so of course we had to put our own news for the week as number one 😉. We've been hearing some great feedback from students who used our guide recently to pass, and we made the decision to lower the price so hopefully more will benefit from it! 

Mailing list subscribers get a free 50 problem sample, and also a 50% off discount on their purchase of the full version! Some have told us that by offering this, people will just sign up, get the free sample/discount code, and then unsubscribe from our email list. Sure, a few people have done this already, and we respect their decision! 

However, the majority who sign up just for the sample/discount are staying on our mailing list because of the tips, tricks, insights, secrets, and support that we provide to help them achieve their goals!

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  • Winning with word problems
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This concludes the Test Prep Champions' GED Test News Roundup for the week of Feb 26th - March 4th! Thanks for reading it, and good luck with your studying!

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