The GED Testing Service began a new initiative to introduce the computer format test in 2014 to increase the efficiency and convenience of the testing process. This has overall led to some significant improvements in the testing service, but there have also been some unexpected changes to the program. Each state has different requirements to qualify for taking the GED test and so each has responded differently to the new computerized format. So far, 40 states in the U.S. have accepted and adopted the new test format and made it the exclusive option for their residents. But in the other 10 states, there have been some setbacks that have prevented the new test from being offered. While paper tests are only offered for students with special needs that prevent them from successfully using a computer, the GED service has allowed the paper format to remain in use for the states that have not yet approved the entirely computer-based format. This has changed the landscape for test-takers, as their home state may no longer be offering the GED Testing Service’s computer test.
Which States Don’t Offer the GED on Computer?
- New Hampshire
- New York
- West Virginia
What if my State Doesn’t Offer the 2014 GED?
According to the official GED website, administrators with the GED Testing Service are actively working to get the test offered in every state. Until then, they recommend that candidates seek out a nearby state where they can take the computer format of the test. This may be an extremely inconvenient option for some, but fortunately, the GED credential itself has not become any less recognized. In states that don’t offer the computer format, paper and pencil tests are provided..
In order to test in another state, you must first make sure that their requirements do not stipulate that all test-takers must be state residents. Only states that have no residency requirement will accept an out of state tester. In order to make the most of your time, it may be a more responsible decision to take the entire test at once. This way, you will not have to make an excessive number of trips across state lines to complete your high school credential. If you do not live near a state that allows you to test without being a resident, reach out to a local GED Testing center to find out your options. There may still be options to take the 2002-Series of the test on paper.