The test for a high school equivalency certificate, or GED, will be updated in January 2002 – the first time in 13 years. The James Madison Center, which has a GED study program, has seen an increase in the number of students who are preparing to take the test before the changes are made. The old test, which was mostly multiple choice, will now have questions that involve more writing. Gary Felumlee, adult education instructor at the center, said he thinks the test will be harder, so people should try to take it before the changes are made. Also, if someone has currently taken the test and passed one of the parts, but failed other, the passed portion is applied when they go to take the test again – after the update all passed portions will be dropped and people will have to start from scratch. The test is being updated to reflect the changes in the job market and to be more like current high school equivalency tests.