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For people who didn't finish high school, getting those credits could mean a chance to move forward. Now the test has gone digital, which can present an issue.

The test has gone from five tests on paper to four tests on the computer.

Gaston College has incorporated computer learning into their GED classes.

"They may know the basics but they're very nervous around computers, they're afraid they're going to break them," says Debra Hissom of the school.

And for those behind bars, it can be even harder.

Most jails don't allow computers inside, but the Gaston County Jail has a deal with Gaston College.

"It could hold them back if they haven't had those skills refreshed," says Holly Young, who teaches the inmates.

She wants to make sure these inmates make strides in their personal lives while they are inside the jail.

"When those scores go up you see their confidence goes up," she says.

Additionally, as of May 1, North Carolina will subsidize the test, bringing it to $80 for all four tests instead of the $120. Each test will now cost $20.

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