The exams to get a GED certificate are getting tougher in 2014. That’s leading Northwest officials to lure back people who tried taking the current tests, but who haven’t passed them all. The hope is that they’ll finish up by the end of the year.
Washington officials count about 25,000 residents who have gone partway towards earning a GED, but who haven’t actually earned one.
In Oregon, that’s about 23,000 people. That number’s come down in recent months, but only slightly - in part because thousands more Oregonians started the tests recently.
There are fewer opportunities to pass the current GED. Lane Community College has stopped offering it. Portland Community College won’t offer the tests past Saturday. The University of Oregon, Chemeketa Community College, and a testing center in Jefferson County will offer tests at least through December 30.
GED administrators in Oregon have seen sample questions for the new 2014 exams. They say passing requires higher-level math skills, and navigating more demanding reading and writing sections.