Computer Skills Needed for GED 2014

Using a computer isn’t a skill everyone has. This video touches on some of the things your students will need to know to take the GED.

Hi, my name is Bill, and I am the director of adult education and workforce development solutions here at Wonderlic.  Today I will discuss the screen navigation competencies required to successfully navigate the 2014 GED Test.

As many of you may already know, the 2014 GED test will only be available on the computer. The test will no longer be offered in a paper and pencil version, which means students need to have basic computer skills to be able to take the test.   

They will need to know how to:

  • Use a mouse
  • Operate a scroll bar
  • Use a keyboard
  • Copy and paste
  • Cut and paste
  • Undo and redo edits
  • Use an onscreen calculator

First, let’s cover mouse functions. While using a mouse might seem simple to some of us, if you have never used a computer before a mouse will seem very strange and will take some getting used to. To successfully complete the 2014 GED, students will need to know how to point and click on various buttons to move to the next screen or locate information.

In addition, Information windows that appear on the computer screen must be moved by the candidate in order to address the question.  They will accomplish this by first clicking the mouse on the Title Bar in the information window and then dragging the window to an adjacent area on the screen.

Second, successful candidates will need to use the scroll bar. Again, the scroll bar might be second nature to some of us, but it may be unfamiliar to the students who are taking the test. On the 2014 GED an example of when they will need to use the scroll bar is to access portions of a document that do not appear in their entirety on the their computer screen. Their ability to use the scroll bar in the formula and calculator directions windows is critical.

A third computer skill students must have is the ability to type, or keystroke. The extended response items and the short answer items on the new GED require students to type their response into a box. 

The extended response items provide several tools to assist candidates in revising and editing their writing:

  • A cut and paste feature allows candidates to move words from one position to another
  • A copy and paste feature allows candidates to repeat a word in another location in their essay
  • The Undo and Redo Edit buttons allows candidates to reverse a previously made edit.  

Students can review and practice these computer skills on the GED Testing Service web site on the Tutorial page.

I thank you for spending a few minutes with me today.  It is my hope that you’ve found this video helpful.  Be sure to visit our blog for more videos and helpful articles, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for news and information about the new GED, workplace and human resource issues, student achievement, and more.


EXCELLENT video with accompanying text. Succinct, very well organized, etc. I will be sharing this with our faculty and staff.

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