Writing on the new GED®
Submitted by Susan Finn Miller on August 29, 2014 - 4:48pm
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Good afternoon, friends, I was initially pleased to hear that the new GED® test would require a higher standard for writing compared to the previous version of the test. I always thought the previous writing standards were far too low to prepare students for work that required any writing and especially for postsecondary education.
Recently I heard from a colleague, who is teaching GED® prep, that two of her students were able to pass the new test without counting writing scores. This was the case because their scores in the other subjects were strong enough to achieve a passing score on the test without including writing. Has anyone else observed this happening with test takers? Is this, perhaps, a unique experience?
If students can pass without including any writing, the test is surely not an improvement over the previous version -- at least with regard to improving writing.
What are your thoughts about this? What are your concerns?
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