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GED Exam Going Away

The GED test in Louisiana will soon be a thing of the past.
Baton Rouge -- The GED test in Louisiana will soon be a thing of the past.

The test, which is an alternative to a high school diploma, will no longer be given in 2014.

A division of Educational Testing Service - called HiSET - will start administering its own high school equivalency test on English, math, science and other areas.

The one key reason for the change -- GED officials will soon be offering computer-only tests.

Debbie O'Connor, executive director of The Greater Baton Rouge Literacy Coalition, tells The Advocate some potential test takers would be put off by a computer test.

"That is just not in their comfort zone," O'Connor said. "With some of our older learners, they just weren't brought up that way, wired that way."
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