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Current Version of GED Test to Expire at End of 2013

Posted on 01/22/2013

Millions who have started but not finished the test at risk of having to start over

GED Testing Service

Last fall the GED Testing Service (www) announced the launch of its campaign, Your Future is Calling (www). The goal of the campaign is to alert test-takers who need to finish the GED test by the end of this year. The current version of the test—the 2002 Series GED Test—will expire at the end of 2013, along with incomplete test scores. As part of National Adult Education & Family Literacy Week, GED Testing Service invites educators and literacy partners nationwide to join the campaign.

"More than a million adults have started but not finished the current GED test," said Nicole Chestang, executive vice president of GED Testing Service. "As a nation, we cannot afford to let millions of working-aged adults miss this opportunity to complete and pass the GED test, opening doors to college, training, and better jobs."

Those interested in joining the campaign can sign up online at Join the Closeout Campaign (www). On the campaign site you can find talking points, outreach strategies, and print materials to help inform test-takers of this deadline and opportunity. GED test-takers can find more information at Your Future is Calling (www), or by visiting one of their local adult education or GED testing centers.

The GED test contains five parts that can be taken separately, but must all be passed to receive a high school credential. GED test-takers who have started the 2002 Series GED Test, but not finished and passed every section, have until the end of 2013 to do so. Otherwise, their scores will expire, and they will have to start over with the new 2014 GED test.

"There are resources available to GED test-takers in every state. Whether you need classes, online preparation, or just someone to help you get through the process, support is available," said Debi Faucette, former GED Administrator and State Adult Education Director for the State of Louisiana.

The new 2014 GED test (www) will be based on emerging national and state standards. It will offer dual performance levels where test-takers can earn the high school equivalency credential as well as an additional endorsement that indicates career- and college-readiness. The test will be delivered solely on computer (www) and offered only in official testing centers.

Source: GED Testing Service media release (9-13-12).