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Graduates finish GED before changes to testing

GED testing will be computer-based, have essay portion starting in 2014

MADISON, Wis. - Madison College GED students graduated Thursday night before major changes are made to testing.

The class that graduated Thursday night is the last to graduate before GED requirements change January 2014. Starting in 2014 the tests will be computer-based and an essay portion will be added.

Students who don't finish before the deadline will have to start over.

"The students have made quite an accomplishment tonight," said Jim Merritt, director of testing and assessment at Madison College. "They have worked very hard and some of them have been working at it for years and have felt a little pressure to get done with the changes coming this year."

For most students, it takes years to complete the degree they hope will lead to better employment.

The ceremony, where 92 students received their degrees, featured live music and a speech from the CEO of the Dane County Boys and Girls Club.

Blackhawk Technical College in Janesville reported that 65 students graduated with GED or HSED diplomas this June. The school said the graduates came from seven area communities including Beloit, Darien, Edgerton, Evansville, Janesville, Monroe and Verona.

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