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CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Students preparing to take the GED are learning a new approach to a new test format. "It's just so hard," Cheyenne Markcum said. But it has not always been this way.

Michelle Horton has been at the Conway Adult Education Center for 14 years. She said, "I have seen drastic changes." In 2014, the GED went from paper to the computer and five subjects, to four. But in that same year, out of 1,534 Arkansans who took all four parts of the test, 1280 people passed it. That is 83 percent. Arkansas consistently ranks near the top when it comes to the pass rate.

Stephon Holmes took the GED before the changes went into effect. He explained, "I feel for them." When he took the test he said it was easier, but his troubled past was hindering his success in the classroom. He said, "My counselor was talking to me and said you might as well go and get your GED because we can't do nothing for you."

Taking the test just three months after first stepping foot into the education center, he passed and is now a college student with hopes of becoming a police officer. Now he returns to the center to encourage these students preparing for the new test. He said, "Even though they may seem hard, don't stop."

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