The state Education Department is changing the test used for people who didn’t graduate from an Iowa high school, but want to get a high school diploma. The test, commonly referred to as the G-E-D, was administered by a company called the G-E-D testing service. Jeremy Varner with the Education Department says the new test — called the HiSET — was chosen through a competitive bidding process.
Varner says around five-thousand Iowans take the test every year with most ending up with a diploma.
The current test is given in five sections, and sections can be taken at different times. Varner says anyone who is in the process of taking the current G-E-D test must complete it by the end of the year. The changeover to the new test begins in January, and those who haven’t completed the old test will have to start over.