February 3, 2013

Current version of GED test to expire at end of 2013

Submitted by Georgia Northwestern Technical College

— Officials in the Adult Education program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) are advising the public that the current version of the GED test will expire at the end of 2013.

The current version, known as the 2002 Series GED test, will be replaced with the new 2014 GED test on Jan. 2, 2014.

Those who have taken the 2002 Series GED test, but not passed all five parts, have until the end of 2013 to pass or they will need to start over again in 2014 with the new GED test in order to receive their high school credential.

“The GED test opens doors to college, better jobs, the respect adults deserve, and the satisfaction of earning a high school credential,” said Connie H. Smith, vice president of Adult Education at GNTC. “So we want to be sure that everyone is aware of this deadline. GED test-takers must act now to finish and pass before the current test expires.”

“Support is available, here in northwest Georgia,” added Smith. “We can help adult learners get prepared to take the parts of the GED test they still need to pass. We want you to succeed!”

Interested GED test-takers can find out more information by contacting one of the Adult Learning Centers in northwest Georgia which include:

• Catoosa County (Ringgold): (706) 965-6155

• Chattooga County (Summerville): (706) 857-0771

• Dade County: Trenton, (706) 657-2205; Davis School Center, (423) 902-7978

• Floyd County: Rome, (706) 295-6917; Glenwood (ask for Adult Education Center), (706) 236-1855; Library for ESL, (706) 236-4627; Library for Tutoring, (706) 236-4617

• Gordon County (Calhoun): (706) 624-1111

• Polk County: Rockmart, (770) 684-7521; Cedartown, (770) 748-2528

• Walker County: Rock Spring, (706) 764-3679; Rossville, (706) 858-0150; LaFayette, (706) 638-7703

Last year, more than 19,000 adult learners earned their GED diploma. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, a person with a high school or GED credential earns $10,000 more per year than a non-high school graduate. The income level increases substantially more for those who go on to complete a college certificate, diploma or degree program.

Scholarship money is available to help offset the cost of the test. For more information on how to register for the GED or for a schedule of testing dates, please go to www.gntc.edu/adulted/ged-testing-centers.php.

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