Officials with the Georgia Office of Adult Education and the state’s 46 GED® testing centers, including Ogeechee Technical College’s Bulloch County Workforce Development Center, are urging students to “Make 2013 your year, and don’t get left behind” by finishing the current version of the GED test before it expires at the end of this year. The version used now will be replaced with a new GED test January 2, 2014.
Those who have taken the current GED test, but not passed all five parts, have until the end of 2013 to pass. All partially-completed tests and scores will expire at the end of the year, meaning those students who do not act now will have to start completely over again in 2014 with the new GED test in order to receive their high school equivalency credential.
The changes set for next year are part of an update by the national GED Testing Service in Washington, D.C. The GED test, which helps adults earn a high school equivalency credential which opens doors to college and better job opportuniies, is administered in Georgia by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) Office of Adult Education.
“The GED test helps adults earn a high school equivalency credential as well as open doors to college and better job opportunities,” said Latanya Overby, the TCSG director of GED testing for adult education. “We have a large number of Georgians who have not completed the test 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.”
The cost to take the five-part GED test is $160. Students can take advantage of Georgia’s free test preparation classes and people who cannot afford the expense of the test may be eligible for financial assistance, said Beverly Smith, the TCSG assistant commissioner for adult education.
“In addition to all of the free GED test preparation they need, Georgia’s adult education students can qualify for financial assistance, including scholarships provided by AT&T, to help with the cost of the test,” said Smith. “We are working diligently to provide help to everyone who wants to finish the GED test by the end of 2013 and get started on the life they deserve.”
Interested GED test-takers can find more information, including the location and phone number of the closest Georgia GED Testing Center, at www.tcsg.edu. In Bulloch County, Ogeechee Tech’s Bulloch County Workforce Development Center is the place to go for GED services. The Center is located at 8 Joseph E. Kennedy Boulevard, Statesboro, across from the College’s main campus. The telephone number is 912-871-1721.
People in Georgia can also call the TCSG Office of Adult Education at 1-800-946-9433 (1-800-94MYGED).
Ogeechee Technical College will be offering a FREE Practice GED test on Thursday, May 23 at 8 AM and again at 1 PM. For more information, please call the Bulloch County Center at the number listed above, or the College’s other centers at: 912-739-2959 (Evans), or 912-564-7326 (Screven).
“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 the 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.”
The GED test has opened doors to better jobs and college programs for more than 18 million graduates in the U.S. since 1942. Last year nearly 800,000 adults sat for the GED test, which is accepted by virtually all U.S. colleges and employers. In Georgia, almost 19,000 passed the test in 2011. Still, there are more than 1.2 million adults in Georgia who do not have a high school or GED credential.