Nov 20, 2013 3:44 PM by MTN News - Helena
HELENA - Montana will soon no longer offer the traditional GED test, and is moving to the new Montana High School Equivalency Exam (HiSET).
The test is the same, and consists of the same subjects - but the new test will be cheaper.
The new exam will start being offered in January, and students who've already started on the old test will have their scores transferred over to the new test come January.
The exam will cost $50, and people are allowed up to two retakes within the same calendar year at no additional cost.
Denise Juneau, the MT superintendent of public instruction, noted, "It will be offered at half the price the GED would have been offered at. It allows an online option as well as a paper and pencil, so it really is an economic benefit to people who want to get a high school equivalence plan in our state, and have that piece of paper that will help them become economically successful."
Statistics show that about 3,500 Montanans take the GED each year.
Eight other states have opted to do away with the GED in favor of the HiSET test.