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I'm not sure that I could pass it, to be perfectly honest with you...without some preparation.

Common Core curriculum brings new, harder GED test

The new Common Core Curriculum is reaching into the world of adult equivalency diplomas.

The General Educational Development test, or GED, used to be the gateway for a New York State Diploma. Now, it's been replaced with a harder test called TASC -that's short for the Test Assessing Secondary Completion.

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Marsha Tait is executive director of Literacy CNY. She says it's a result of the new more rigorous Common Core Curriculum that's been introduced in schools across the state.

"It absolutely is a harder test," says Tait. "It covers math, science, you have to have some knowledge of geography, political science. And the math I understand is very, very difficult. Much higher level. Because the state wanted to begin to test people to ensure than they had the skills needed for college and for job readiness."

The Syracuse Educational Opportunity Center offered the test for the first time last week. Tait doesn't know how test takers did, but she knows she'd have had trouble with it.

"I'm not sure that I could pass it, to be perfectly honest with you, "says Tait, "without some preparation."

To help students, Literacy CNY has partnered with ProLiteracy to train 20 mentors in a program called Buddy Up. Volunteers will offer support for adult learners who are trying to get their high school diplomas.

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