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GED March 2013 Notes

March 2013 edition of the General Educational Development (GED) Test Program Notes.
GED® Computer-Based Testing (CBT) in California

A Memorandum of Understanding has been executed between GED Testing Service (GEDTS) and the California Department of Education (CDE) to provide computer-based  testing (CBT) using the 2002 GED Series through December 31, 2013.  As a result, the GEDTS and the CDE drafted a new Policies and Procedures Manual for the 2002 Series GED test on computer, specifically for California. The manual outlines the procedures and policies to be followed in California, which are different than the GEDTS CBT Policies and Procedures for all jurisdictions found on GED Access Point and the GEDTS Web site. The new manual may be found on the CDE GED Administrative Documents Web page. Please refer to it when you have questions related to CBT.

The GEDTS requires that all GED testing centers convert to Pearson VUE testing centers in order to offer the GED Test in the computer-based format beginning January 2014, unless a waiver from this requirement is granted. GEDTS will only consider waivers submitted for correctional facilities (see transitional wavier program below for additional information). Testing centers interested in becoming Pearson VUE testing centers, should begin indicating their intent by e-mailing the High School and Physical Fitness Office (GED Program) at The GED Staff is responsible for ensuring that testing centers are in good standing and do not have a balance owed to the State. Next, testing center staff should review the Pearson VUE specifications to ensure that the testing center meets the technical and facility requirements to offer CBT. Information about set-up may be found on the Pearson VUE Web site. External link opens in new window or tab.

Transitional Waiver Program for Correctional Facilities

GEDTS has introduced a new program designed to respond to correctional facilities as they prepare to administer the GED Test on computer.  Essentially, the Transitional Wavier Program is a limited, time-bound program for affected correctional facilities that would allow the staff to continue to administer the paper-based 2002 Series GED Test. The GED administrator must apply for the waiver on behalf of the jurisdiction. The CDE is currently surveying testing centers to determine the need for this waiver.  Additional information including facility and technical requirements is being sent separately to Chief Examiners this month.

Amendments to the California GED Test Regulations

The State Board of Education (SBE), at its March 2013 meeting, approved the CDE proposed amendments to the existing GED regulations and directed the CDE to conduct the rulemaking process. The proposed amendments remove the requirement that the CDE use the GED Test owned by the American Council on Education and all associated references.  Adoption of the proposed amendments affords the CDE greater flexibility to offer additional pathways for test takers. Information regarding the State Board Items related to the GED Test, may be found on the SBE March 2013 Meeting Information Web page and on the SBE February 2013 Information Memoranda Web page.

GED® Test in Spanish Now Available on Computer

The Spanish-language GED® test is now available on computer alongside the English-language test. Spanish-speaking test takers will now be able to take advantage of the new computer-based testing. Testing centers should be prepared to offer the Spanish-language test on computer if requested by a test taker.

The new 2014 GED® test in Spanish will now be released on January 2, 2014, which is the same time as the release of the new English version of the test. Partial scores on the Spanish-language GED® tests will now expire on December 31, 2013, if the test taker has not completed and passed all five subject tests.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the High School and Physical Fitness Office (GED Program) by phone at 916-445-9438 or by e-mail at

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Last Reviewed: Thursday, June 11, 2015
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