LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Leaders at adult education centers are urging people to earn their General Equivalency Diploma or GED, by taking the test before it changes. On January 1, 2014, the new version will be harder and more expensive.
"What we usually see when they administer a new test is that we get a huge influx of students," said Mavis Pacetti, Supervisor of Adult Education for Lee County Schools.
"We're trying to stay in line with the public school system and I feel as rigors tend to change there, we need to be in alignment also," said Lee County teacher, Tammy Berrett.
The cost of the test will also increase. Currently, the test costs $55 dollars for an in-state student enrolled in GED courses. In 2014, it will cost $130.
"So we really want to strongly encourage, that if this is a goal for you that you do it a quickly as possible," said Pacetti.
Instead of paper and pencils students will take the exam on computers.
"We've had some conversations here about teaching key boarding skills, because that is going to be something that's affecting how they take the test," said Berrett.
49-year old Silas Richardson says he's glad he enrolled in GED prep-classes when he did, "It will be harder for the people coming in so now is the best time to get it done. Two more years, it's gonna be hard."
But others, like 68-year old John Pacheco, says higher cost and harder questions won't keep students from earning their diploma, "I'm sure that a lot of people at my age that never got one will probably do it either way."
The GED exam tests a student's knowledge of writing, mathematics, science and social studies. The test is given in more than 3,400 locations across the country.