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GED Program: December 2012 Notes

December 2012 edition of the General Educational Development (GED) Test program notes.
Closing Out the 2002 GED® Series

Any candidate who has not passed or completed the current 2002 GED® series test is encouraged to do so before the December 31, 2013 deadline. GED® test takers who have not taken the GED® by that deadline will take the full computer-based test (CBT) that will be introduced in 2014. Candidates, who initially took the paper-based test (PBT) and have not passed, must continue with PBT, as scores for the PBT cannot be matched with scores for the CBT.

Transition to Computer-Based Testing

The new GED® test series, aligned with the Common Core State Standards as well as college and career readiness standards, will replace the 2002 GED® series test. The test will also transition from PBT to CBT format in 2014. All GED® testing centers must convert to Pearson Vue Testing Centers by January 2014 in order to administer the new CBT. Pending contract approval by the California Department of Education (CDE), the following transition provisions will apply:

  • A base fee of $28 per test content area for the 2002 Series GED® CBT has been established. The total for the battery including the state testing fee of $20 mandated by the California Education Code 51421, will be $140.

  • Prelaunch activities will be implemented to assist testing centers prepared to commence the CBT prior to 2014. Specifically, GED Testing Service (GEDTS®) and Pearson Vue will work with testing centers to develop the required infrastructure and set up registration procedures.
Updated Assessment Guide and Item Samplers

GEDTS® has updated the Assessment Guide for Educators and Item Samplers, both of which have been posted online in revised form. Each tool is an important component that was created to help familiarize you with the 2014 GED® test. The changes and adaptations to the tools are a direct result of feedback received from the field and can be found on the GEDTS® Web site at:

Assessment Guide for Educators – November 2012 External link opens in new window or tab.

Item Samplers – November 2012 External link opens in new window or tab.

Each chapter of the Assessment Guide for Educators - November 2012 edition External link opens in new window or tab. includes a "What's New" page after the table of contents that identifies and explains the updates made to the revision. You are advised to delete or discard your old version of the guide and use the new version.

The Item Samplers also have been updated. The new Item Samplers were created to better reflect the wider range of item difficulty representative of the 2014 GED® test and to include a greater proportion of the multiple-choice item type while continuing to showcase the full range of item types that will appear on the test. The new samplers, which can be found on the 2014 GEDTS® Test Item Samplers Web page External link opens in new window or tab. feature interactive test questions for Mathematical Reasoning, Science, Social Studies, and Reasoning through Language Arts.

Please share information about the changes with your staff and colleagues to ensure that they all are working with the latest version. Any questions or comments may be directed to

Submitting 2012 Answer Sheets for Scoring

All answer sheets from 2012 must be submitted for scoring to Educational Testing Service (ETS) no later than January 4, 2013. Answer sheets must be submitted even if all subtests in the battery have not been completed. Submitting all answer sheets is critical because candidates may later decide to complete testing at another site. If this occurs, it is vital that their earlier scores be posted to the ETS Web site so that staff at the center completing testing can finish the testing process correctly.

If you have pending errors to be corrected from 2012 testing, contact ETS by e-mail at, or by phone at 1-800-433-2541 to resolve the errors before the January 4 deadline.

In addition, ETS is required to compile and submit statistical data for 2012 to the GEDTS® by the third week of January. Please assist us in providing accurate reporting by submitting all answer sheets for testing completed in 2012 by January 4, 2013.

Delay in Testing Contracts with ETS

There has been a delay in mailing out the ETS Scoring Contract for Testing Centers. Further information is forthcoming.

Returning 2012 GED Test Materials

All secure 2012 testing materials, including English editions, Spanish editions, special editions, and topic cards must be submitted to the GEDTS® by January 31, 2013. The correct shipping address appears on the preprinted shipping label that was included with your 2013 materials. If you are unable to locate the label, use the following address:

9050 Junction Dr.
Annapolis, MD 20701

The GEDTS® tracks testing centers that do not return materials. Failure to return materials can result in the closure of the GED® testing center.

2013 GED® Test Materials

All testing centers should have received materials for the 2013 contract year by now. Use the plastic cartons that the 2013 materials were shipped in to return the 2012 materials. Remember that a copy of the Materials Picking Plan must be included in each box returned. Complete instructions for shipping are in Section 3.5 of the GEDTS® Policies and Procedures Manual. Remember that GED® testing materials must be returned using a shipping service that can be tracked.

You can use the Secure Inventory Application in GED® AccessPoint as a tool to ensure that all 2012 testing materials are returned. If you mistakenly return your 2013 materials, you will be charged full price for replacements.

Accommodations Update

For candidates requiring accommodations, the GEDTS® has released updated Documentation Guidelines for Evaluators and GED® Accommodation Request Forms. The updated guidelines and accommodation forms should be used for candidates whose overall cognitive and adaptive functioning is substantially below average, including being classified below the minimum level needed for a diagnosis with such conditions as “borderline intellectual functioning,” “mild mental retardation,” or “developmental disabilities.” Updated accommodation forms are available on the GEDTS® Accommodations for GED Testing Service Web page. External link opens in new window or tab.

State GED® Examiners Conference

The annual State GED® Examiners conference was held November 6, 2012, in San Diego. Presentation topics included communication and outreach strategies to be utilized at the national and state level for the closing out of the 2002 GED® and a preview of the new GED® assessment.

Consortium Exploring Options for Alternative High School Equivalency Test

In response to the significant changes planned for the GED® by GEDTS® and Pearson Vue, multiple jurisdictions joined together to form what is now a 26-state consortium. The consortium, formed last summer, has been exploring options to develop a new high school equivalency test that, conceivably, could be in place beginning in 2014. The CDE is continuing this effort by drafting new regulations that would provide the flexibility necessary to identify additional pathways that might lead to a high school equivalency certificate. The CDE is committed to maximizing options for adult test takers and provide them the necessary support to effectively gain a high school equivalency certificate.

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Last Reviewed: Friday, May 8, 2015
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