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Current Version of GED Test to Expire In December 2013

GED testing centers in Georgia encourage people to finish and pass the test before the deadline and not lose credits

March 20, 2013

Officials with the Georgia Office of Adult Education and the state’s 46 GED testing centers are urging students to “Make 2013 your year, and don’t get left behind” by finishing the current version of the GED test before it expires at the end of 2013.

The version used now will be replaced nationally with a new GED test on January 2, 2014.

Those who have taken the current GED test, but not passed all five parts, have until the end of 2013 to pass. All partially-completed tests and scores will expire at the end of the year, meaning those students who do not act now will have to start completely over again in 2014 with the new GED test in order to receive their high school equivalency credential.

The changes set for next year are part of an update by the national GED Testing Service in Washington, D.C. The GED test is administered in Georgia by the Technical College System of Georgia Office of Adult Education and locally by the Office of Adult Education at Dalton State College.

“The GED test helps adults earn a high school equivalency credential as well as open doors to college and better job opportunities,” said Latanya Overby, the TCSG director of GED testing for adult education. “We have a large number of Georgians who have not completed the test, so we want to be sure that everyone is aware of this deadline. GED test-takers must act now to finish and pass before the current test expires.”

The cost to take the five-part GED test is $160. Students can take advantage of Georgia’s free test preparation classes and people who cannot afford the expense of the test may be eligible for financial assistance, said Beverly Smith, the TCSG assistant commissioner for adult education.

“In addition to all of the free GED test preparation they need, Georgia’s adult education students can qualify for financial assistance, including scholarships provided by AT&T, to help with the cost of the test,” said Smith. “We are working diligently to provide help to everyone who wants to finish the GED test by the end of 2013 and get started on the life they deserve.”

Interested GED test-takers can obtain more information by contacting Dalton State’s Office of Adult Education at 706-226-3761. The office is located on the Whitfield County Career Academy campus at 2300 Maddox Chapel Road.

Important tips you should know about testing in Georgia before the end of 2013:

- Check with your local Adult Education Program about the last date the current test will be offered in your area.

- Check with your local Adult Education Program about when you can enroll in free classes to be ready to earn your GED diploma in 2013 and move on with your future. Learn, earn, and go!

“To anyone who has already started the GED test, your future is calling. By passing the GED test, you can answer that call,” said Randy Trask, president and CEO of the GED Testing Service. “You owe it to yourself. Don’t miss the chance to turn one small step into your next big opportunity in life.”

The GED test has opened doors to better jobs and college programs for more than 18 million graduates in the U.S. since 1942. Last year nearly 800,000 adults sat for the GED test, which is accepted by virtually all U.S. colleges and employers. In Georgia, almost 19,000 passed the test in 2011. Still, there are more than 1.2 million adults in Georgia who do not have a high school or GED credential.

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