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GED test offered on computer with retake

Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

CRYSTAL LAKE – The GED Testing Service is offering students an opportunity to begin their GED test on a computer with one free retake if they fail their first test.

The offer is part of the Second Shot program that runs through May 31 at selected sites throughout the state. The closest site for McHenry County-area GED students is at Elgin Community College.

According to the GED Testing Service, the pass rate for adults who take the GED test on a computer was 88 percent compared with 71 percent for those who tested on paper. 

The computer test is the same test offered on paper, but it costs $120, up from the $50 paper-and-pencil test. 

“It’s still worth it to pay the extra $70 because it’s more individualized,” Sherry May, coordinator of Adult Education instruction at McHenry County College, said in a news release. “People start at different times and can complete the test faster. There’s less waiting around compared to the paper-and-pencil test, which test-takers start as a group.”

A computerized GED test will replace the current paper-and-pencil version of the test on Jan. 1, 2014. The computerized test also will have a longer writing time, from 45 minutes to 90 minutes. 

Those interested in taking the computerized GED test can register at

For information, call the MCC Adult Education Office at 815-455-8752.

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