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Officials: GED test to change in 2014

Residents urged to complete 2013 exam

JONESBORO — School officials are urging students to complete the General Educational Development diploma before the current GED test expires at year’s end.

Latanya Overby is the Technical College System of Georgia’s 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,” said Overby. “GED test-takers must act now to finish and pass before the current test expires.”

The current 2002 Series GED test will be replaced with the national 2014 Series GED test Jan. 2, 2014. Officials said the new test has been updated to reflect the rigor of high school curriculums.

The five-part exam is used to measure the academic competence of those who have not completed a high school curriculum. It tests skills and knowledge in language arts, social studies, science, reading and math.

Test-takers must pass all five segments. Partially completed tests and scores will expire at the end of the year, meaning students who do not pass each portion will have to start over in 2014.

Beverly Smith is the system’s assistant commissioner for adult education. She said the GED test will set students back about $160. However, there is financial assistance for those who cannot afford to take the test. She said prep classes are free, too.

“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.”

The American Council on Education reported nearly 800,000 adults sat for the GED test last year and more than 18 million have gotten better jobs and entered college since the GED program began in 1942.

Now is perhaps the best opportunity for individuals to advance their job prospects through taking the GED test, added Randy Trask, the president and chief executive officer of the GED Testing Service.

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

Call 770-515-7610 to register for testing dates and locations.