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COLUMBUS, Ga. - Each year more than 700,000 people take the GED, but this year brings some drastic changes to the exam. We're on your side with what to expect in the 2014 test. Higher cost and increased difficulty are two of the main changes this year. The B.R.I.D.G.E in Columbus offers GED classes and the exam for free and the director talks about what these changes will mean for those preparing for the test.

Reading, math, social studies, and science are subjects every high school student has to pass to get their diploma. These areas are also the 4 components Willie A. Coleman's students are learning to get ready for the new GED. The updated test is aligned with common core standards. Those standards are designed to prepare students for college and work expectations. The test emphasizes reasoning in english and math as well as analytical skills and more complex algebra.

"From GED standards to high school standards and more into a college setting and you feel like yes I do belong in that college setting because I have been properly prepared to move to that," said Willie Coleman.

The new test has also move online. Requiring a set of basic computer skills to complete the exam. Coleman says his students are doing well with the computer portion but the cost concerns him. The 4 part test is $160 and if you want to take a practice exam it'll cost $6.00 per section. Coleman says a GED can open doors for students with as much as a $10,000 increase in pay from those who don't have it or a high school diploma, but he encourages students to keep learning.

"Get involved in some type of higher education and you're going to find that you have a better life for yourself," said Coleman.

The B.R.I.D.G.E. is a 12 week course that prepares students for the GED. It's free for those who participate but students must read at a 7th grade level and be 18-24 years old. For more information you can visit

Naomi Keitt

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