Current Version of GED Test to Expire at End of 2013

Students with Partial Credits Need to Complete Testing by December 5

The Adult Education Program at Haywood Community College would like to encourage all students who have been registered in a GED program, at HCC or anywhere else, to complete the full GED test battery before the current test version expires. The current version, also known as the 2002 Series GED test, will expire at the end of 2013. At that time, all partial test credits taken from the 2002 series will be lost.  However, all completed diplomas will remain valid.

“Now is the time to finish up exams,” explains Rachel S. Clark, HCC Chief GED Examiner. “There will be a large number of people that only need one or two tests that will enroll in the fall so they are able to finish before the cut-off date at the end of the year. Tests and classes will fill-up quickly as people realize the time is running out.”

Major Changes Taking Place in GED Testing

A GED diploma opens doors to job training, college-level work, and better paying jobs. The GED diploma is accepted by virtually all colleges and employers in the country. Over 17 million people have earned a GED diploma since the test was developed in 1943. According to the American Council on Education, a GED honor score is equivalent to the top 15% of high school graduates nationwide.

GED Testing Service is implementing several important changes. The GED Tests themselves are changing.  The current tests, known as the 2002 GED Series, will expire at the end of 2013. The new 2014 series will be aligned with national and state common core standards that ensure that adults earning a high school equivalency can also demonstrate readiness for college-level work and career training programs. Students who have taken some of the current GED tests but have not taken and passed every part, have until the end of 2013 to pass all five tests. Otherwise, their scores will expire and they will have to start over again with the new 2014 GED Test. 

In addition, GED testing will be transitioning from paper-based tests to computer-based testing. This will further ensure that GED graduates are able to demonstrate the basic technology skills required by 21st century jobs. The transition to computer-based testing will be fully implemented by Jan. 2014. Starting in Jan. 2014, the fee for computer based GED tests will be $24 per test and retest. There are four tests in the series. 

The Adult Education Department is available to help adults earn their GED diploma, enabling them to take an important step toward attaining their goals and dreams. For information on the changes to the GED Tests or for information about completing your GED with free classes, call (828)627-4648 or (828)565-4182.