LACONIA — The GED Exam has helped provide adult learners, who dropped out of high school, to obtain the equivalent of a high school completion. Beginning in January 2014, New Hampshire will no longer be offering the GED Exam. New Hampshire was the second state to announce that it will begin offering the HiSET (high school equivalency test). The HiSET Test was developed by non-profit Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the University of Iowa's Testing Program (ITP).
New Hampshire joins an increasing number of states, educators, policymakers and employers looking for a high school proficiency exam that includes elements that are critical to providing out-of-school youth and adults with proof of their readiness for the workplace or higher education.
Laconia Adult Education is urging individuals in the Lakes Region who have taken the GED Exam and failed it or who have only taken parts of the GED Exam to come in and finish the GED Exam before December 12, 2013. The scores on the current GED Exam wil lnot be carried over to the HiSET Test. This means that you will have to start all over again.
The HiSET test's five subject areas – writing, social studies, science, reading, and math-will be revised to more closely reflect Common Core State Standards, a set of English and Mathematics standards and topics that students are expected to learn. The new HiSET Test will also have either a paper based test as well as a computer based test.
Laconia Adult Education offers both daytime and evening GED/HiSET Test preparation classes that are free. The daytime classes meet Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The evening classes meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6-8:30 p.m.
For more information about the GED or HiSET preparation classes or testing dates, please call the Laconia Adult Education Office at 524-5712.