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GED Goes Digital: What Do You Think?

New Port Richey students who opt to take the test in 2014 rather than finish high school by attending classes will soon be able to leave their pencils at home. We’d like to hear your thoughts about online testing in general.

The days of bubbling in the answers to complete a GED test are all but over.

Starting in 2014, New Port Richey students who opt to test out for their high school diplomas will find themselves taking the exam online, according to the Tampa Bay Times. The new computerized test format is part of a national overhaul of the GED that’s set to go into place next year. In Florida, that overhaul also means harder test questions and a near doubling of the $70 fee to sit for the exam.

While many students are applauding the move to computer-based testing, some are concerned it could be daunting for those who are less computer savvy.

“There are people out there to this day that aren't comfortable with electronics and computers,” 27-year-old Samantha Vivlemore told the Times. (Check out the Times' full story here.)

As more tests, including some portions of the new FCAT, move into the digital realm, we’d like to hear what you think about the trend, New Port Richey. Is it a smart format move to reflect the times or does it unfairly leave some people behind? Share your thoughts by commenting below.

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