Changes to make GED test harder

Goodbye paper test, hello computer-based tests. It's just one of the many changes coming to the GED test in 2014.

Starting Jan. 2, students will have to show an aptitude for critical thinking if they hope to earn a General Educational Development diploma.

They'll also have to pay more money. The cost of the certificate will jump from $55 to $120, made in four installments.

"The test will be more difficult, but in the long run the old test had almost become meaningless. Hopefully with the new test, the perception will change and make it a more viable benchmark for people for employment and college placement," said Jeffrey Walker of Dorcas International, which helps students prepare for the GED test.

Administrators said they hope the new test will be worth the extra cost because it'll prove students are both ready for college and the workforce.