The national GED Testing Service has announced that the current version of the GED® test will expire at the end of 2013, and a new version will take effect Jan. 2, 2014.
Those who need to finish the current test by the end of 2013 should act now so that they won’t have to re-take portions of the test they have already passed. Any incomplete test scores will expire at the end of 2013 if test-takers do not finish and pass the test by then.
“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.”
The GED test contains five parts that can be taken separately, but all must be passed to receive a high school credential. Again, 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 again with the new 2014 GED test.
Allan Hancock College Community Education offers several free resources to students interested in completing the GED requirements and in taking the test, including free test preparation classes. Students receive instruction in reading, writing, social studies, science, math and test-taking skills. Classes are offered throughout the year in the day and evening, many through bilingual instruction. GED practice tests are also offered. In addition, counselors are available to answer any questions or to help students through the process.
Spring GED test prep classes are now in progress, Monday – Friday, through May 16. Morning classes are offered at the Santa Maria campus and at the Atkinson Lifelong Learning Center. Evening classes are offered at the Lompoc Valley Center. Visit Community Education (bldg. S) on the Santa Maria campus to register for a test prep class, or call 922-6966 ext. 3209.
Students can take the GED test, offered in both English and Spanish, at the college’s Santa Maria campus Testing Center, which offers GED testing once a month and will add additional weekday testing as scheduling permits. Candidates must come to the Testing Center (bldg. T) to sign up and pay the designated fee(s). The phone number is 922-6966 ext. 3364.
“If you know a GED test-taker, please encourage them to test before the 2013 deadline,” said Sharon Alldredge, Allan Hancock College chief GED examiner.
The GED test has opened doors to better jobs and college programs for more than 18 million graduates since 1942. Last year, nearly 800,000 adults sat for the test, which is accepted by virtually all U.S. colleges and employers, according to the GED Testing Service.
Test-takers can find more information at www.finishtheGED.com, or by visiting one of four area GED testing centers, including Allan Hancock College (805-922-6966 ext. 3364); Lompoc Adult School, 515 W. College Ave. (805-742-3100); San Luis Coastal Adult School, 1500 Lizzie Street, Suite G1, San Luis Obispo (805-549-1222); and Santa Barbara City College Continuing Education Division, 310 West Padre St. (805-687-0812).