States across the U.S. have adopted a new way of taking the test required for a General Education Degree. Hosting the exam online, students will be able to take it and receive results quickly. As more schools adopt the online forms technology, the electronic analysis may become standard across the nation.
The GED consists of five parts that participants must pass in order to have the equivalent of a high school education. The new testing method will begin in 2014 in Pennsylvania and Iowa, which are giving current exam takers until the end of 2013 to pass each section before needing to start over under the new system, according to The Sentinel. Centers to help individuals prepare for the GED are still unsure what skills will be needed for the computer system, however, they are still offering classes to demonstrate study habits and provide practice.
In Iowa, test officials have the advantage of using students to try the new testing system. GED classes and testing are traditionally held in the state’s 15 community colleges, all of which will implement the new computer systems after three select facilities test out the technology, according to Radio Iowa. The results of paper-based tests can take up to 10 weeks to return, however, with the new forms processing, the scores are available on site.
“In the year’s past, we’ve been doing the tests just by paper, but we have transformed over to computer-based testing and for all new students who take the GED, it will be on the computer,” Rick Carpenter, director of program development at Des Moines Area Community College, told Radio Iowa.
Paperless spans industries
While some organizations have adopted an electronic initiative, many others are still using hard documents despite the benefits that a document imaging system would provide. While the number of paperless efforts are rising, the volume of printed pages is still enough to cover New York City 237 times over, according to IDC. This is amid the decline to 2.98 trillion pages in 2012 from 3.03 trillion pages in 2011. Paperless is expected to make greater changes as more industries adopt the measure.
Businesses may be tentative to invest in electronic systems due to the initial cost, however, the benefits will significantly improve the organization’s efficiency. Binary Office’s solution saves printing expenses and promotes better customer service through having documents immediately available. The change leads to an uncluttered, more fluid work environment, which increases the productivity of the staff.