Current version of GED test to expire in December 2013
If you’ve started taking the GED test, but haven’t finished, it’s urgent that you complete it within the next year. Otherwise, all previous work will be discarded.
The GED Testing Service recently announced that the current version of the GED test will expire at the end of 2013. This includes all incomplete scores.
The GED test contains five parts — writing, reading, social studies, science and mathematics — that can be taken separately, but must all be passed in order to receive a high school credential. GED test-takers who have started and completed parts of the GED test, but not finished, have until December 31, 2013 to do so. If not completed by this date, the previous scores will expire and the test-taker will have to start over with the new 2014 GED test.
“This is a final opportunity for people who have started the GED test but have not completed all five portions,” said Brazosport College GED Coordinator Kay Brooks. “With the new changeover, all prior work will be lost once 2014 starts. As a result, it’s imperative to complete your testing as soon as possible.”
Through its Community Education department, Brazosport College offers free classes to help prepare for the GED. The only items students have to buy are a textbook and a calculator, which totals less than $40. Day and night classes are offered at BC’s Community Education Center in Freeport and at the main campus in Lake Jackson.
“We have high quality GED classes available to the public and we’re prepared to assist students in achieving their educational goals,” Brooks said. “To help earn a GED, Brazosport College offers free tutoring, access to the campus library and counseling services. Once a GED is obtained, students are eligible to apply for financial aid for workforce skills classes and credit classes.”
Starting the GED process now, rather than waiting until 2014, is also advantageous for those considering taking the test.
The 2014 test will be different from the current version, as it will be computer-based and much more similar to a high school exit exam. The current test is a more traditional pen-and-paper exam. The cost of the test, which is currently $65, is expected to increase to $120 after the changeover.
For more information about the 2014 GED test, go to www.GEDtesting service.com or finishtheGED.com. To learn more about preparing for the GED through Brazosport College’s Community Education department, call (979) 230-3600.
PHOTO CAPTION: Students from one of Brazosport College most recent GED classes pose for a photo after a November class. Pictured are, instructor Margaret Reed, instructor Rachel Cloeter, Danielle Reynolds, Laura Lopez, Lucia Pulido, Ashley Najera, Arely Guajardo, Kimberly Washington, Lizabeth Torres, Ruifen Cai and Patricia Cabrera.