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Current version of GED© test to expire at end of 2013

January 28, 2013

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State Fair Community College has announced that the current version of the GED© test will expire at the end of 2013.

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

Individuals who have taken the 2002 Series GED© test but have not passed all five parts have until the end of 2013 to pass. If they don’t pass, they will need to start over in 2014 with the new test in order to obtain their Missouri High School Equivalency Certificates.

“We want to be sure everyone is aware of this deadline,” said Deb Williams, director of SFCC’s Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) programs. “We can help adult learners get prepared to take the parts of the GED© test they still need to pass. The GED© test opens doors to college, better jobs and the satisfaction of earning a high school credential.”

SFCC’s program provides individualized and group instruction for anyone who wants to develop or improve skills in language arts, reading or math toward earning the GED©. It also offers classes designed to help those for whom English is not their first language and for those who wish to become U.S. citizens.

Classes are free, but students need to enroll and complete an orientation before attending class.

The next enrollment period will begin Feb. 25 for the next GED© test preparation and English as a Second Language classes on the Sedalia campus and at sites in Appleton City, Boonville, Carrollton, Chilhowee, Clinton, Holden, Lexington, Marshall, Osceola, Warrensburg, Warsaw and Windsor.

To enroll, call (660) 596-7289 or stop by offices in the Student Success Center in the Yeater Learning Center on the Sedalia campus. For more information about the program and site schedules, go to sfccmo.edu/ael.

“SFCC’s AEL program graduates about 140 GED students each year, and we celebrate that achievement, along with three to five new citizenships, at our annual GED graduation,” said Williams.

The 2014 GED© assessment will cover four content areas—literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies—and will be entirely computer-based. While the new test will be administered via computer, test-takers will still be required to visit an official testing center to take the test.

The 2014 test will cost $28 per section or $140 for the entire test. It will continue determining high school equivalency but also will measure knowledge and skills necessary for college- and career-readiness.

The GED© test has opened doors for more than 18 million graduates since 1942. Last year nearly 800,000 adults sat for the GED© test, which is accepted by virtually all U.S. colleges and employers. For more information about the GED© test go to ged.mo.gov or finishtheged.com.

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