The current version of the General Education Development (GED) test will expire at the end of 2013 and will be replaced with a new series of tests beginning on Jan. 2, 2014.
According to Melissa De Leon, GED chief examiner at the Southwest Texas Junior College Testing Center in Uvalde, anyone who has passed part of the GED, but not all five parts, needs to try and finish before the end of the year.
"When the current 2002 Series test expires, so will test scores," De Leon said. "If test-takers act now, they can avoid having to retake parts of the GED they have already passed."
The 2014 test will be more rigorous in general and requires higher level math proficiency. As before, the test covers five areas: writing, reading, science, social studies and math.
Currently, the test is available both on the computer and on paper. When the new test goes in place, it will only be offered on the computer. All testing must be done at an official GED testing center.
"The new test will cost $27 more per test than the current one so that is another incentive to complete the GED before the end of the year," De Leon said.
As an incentive to get test-takers more comfortable with computer-based testing, adults in Texas who begin their GED test on the computer before Aug. 31 will receive one free retake. To learn more about this "Second Shot" promotion visit www.gedtestingservice.com/secondshot
Persons interested in starting, or completing, free GED classes should contact the Adult Basic Education Office on the SWTJC Uvalde campus at 591-7385.
For more information on GED testing call 591-2946.
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