New GED Tests to be Released in January 2002- Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, December 13, 2000
Contact:Jonathan Palumbo, 781-338-3105

New GED Tests to be Released in January 2002

Malden - Candidates looking to earn a General Educational Development (GED) diploma have a little over a year to complete their testing program before a new group of tests will be released.

Starting in January 2002, the General Educational Development (GED) Testing Service in Washington, D.C. will release new tests to replace the current edition of exams for candidates seeking to earn a GED diploma.

The new battery of five GED tests will continue to measure the major the requirements of a four-year high school course of study in English Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics. The new tests will use real-life materials from editorial cartoons and business information, to graphs of economic data, and will require test takers to process information from multiple subject areas.

In addition to the changes in the Social Studies and Science Tests, the 2002-series GED tests will introduce the use of a calculator on the Mathematics Test. And beginning in January 2002, GED candidates will be issued a solar calculator during the math test. Changes to the Language Arts, Writing Test will affect the way the essays are scored and combined with the multiple-choice portion of the test.

GED candidates who have not begun taking the current battery of five tests, but who are planning to do so, must register by October 1, 2001 and start testing by October 31, 2001. Candidates must also earn the scores needed to qualify for a diploma before the December cut-off date. Those who do not pass all five tests must begin the entire process of testing again starting in January 2002 with the new GED tests.

For more information on the new GED tests, call 1-800-62MYGED or visit their website at

Last Updated: December 13, 2000

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