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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Current Version of GED Test to Expire at End of 2013


The current version of the GED test, known as the 2002 Series GED test, will expire at the end of 2013 and be replaced with the new 2014 GED test on January 2, 2014.

Those who have started the 2002 Series GED test, but not passed all five parts or need more points, have until the end of 2013 to earn their certificate 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 Kathi Medcalf, director of basic skills at Clover Park Technical College. “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, right here at CPTC,” said Veronica Duron, adult basic education administrative assistant. “Through a series of practice sessions we will help students analyze where they are currently so they can plan to finish. We can help adult learners get prepared to take the parts of the GED test they still need to pass. We want them to succeed!”

CPTC will hold free practice sessions for those interested in taking the GED test on June 7, 14, and 21 at both 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. They will also hold a session June 15 at 9 a.m. All the sessions will take place on the Lakewood Campus of CPTC in Building 37, Room 61. To sign-up to attend call 253-589-6045.

CPTC will have staff available to provide students with an overview of GED testing, assist them with scheduling future tests, and support them through completion.

A few important tips you should know about testing at CPTC before the end of 2013:
- Registration deadline for repeat GED test-takers is Dec. 2.
- Registration deadline for new GED test-takers is Nov. 18.

The last day to take the current version of the writing portion of the GED test at CPTC is Dec. 2. The last day to take the current version of the math, reading, science and social studies portions of the GED at CPTC is Dec. 23.

The GED test consists of a reading, writing, science, socials studies and math portion that are taken separately. Each test takes between one to two hours to complete on average. GED testing is administered several times a month in both written and computer formats.

Accommodated testing is available if necessary. Please contact Jean Carmack at 253-589-6045 for accommodation requests.

“A high school credential opens more doors to a better job, college and a world of opportunities,” said Dr. John Walstrum, president of CPTC. “We want to ensure students have the chance to complete what they started and our goal is to do that by providing extra support to them as they finish prior to the test change.”

For more information on the GED test process at CPTC visit www.cptc.edu/GED or call 253-589-6045.
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