The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

September 22, 2013

Changes to GED test mean students must finish by Dec. 31

— With a new GED test coming in January, students who are taking the test must finish by Dec. 31, or they will need to begin the process anew, according to Shawn Cook, adult education coordinator for Regional Education Services Agency (RESA ) 1.  

The current version of the GED test expires at the end of 2013. Known as the 2002 Series GED test, it will be replaced with the new 2014 GED test on Jan. 2.

Those who have taken the 2002 Series GED test, but have 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 test in order to receive their high school credential.

The current five-part test will be replaced with a four-part test, but the new test is considered to be more rigorous, and a better indicator of readiness for post-secondary education or career training.

“The GED test opens doors to college, better jobs, the respect adults deserve and the satisfaction of earning a high school credential,” said Cook. “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 at your local Adult Basic Education (ABE) program,” said Cook. “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.”

For more information about program locations and services, contact Cook at 304-890-2938 or, or contact the program nearest you:

Fayette, 304-469-2911 or 304-734-6619; Greenbrier, 304-392-6209 or 304-647-6564; Mercer, 304-425-0799 or 304-323-2841; McDowell, 304-862-3318 or 304-436-6580; Nicholas, 304-872-7060; Monroe    304-772-3038; Pocahontas, 304-799-2509; Raleigh, 304-256-3964; Summers, 304-466-6026 or 304-466-4490; Wyoming, 304-732-8050 (141) or 304-294-6188

Test dates and program hours vary by location, and an appointment may be required, so it is good to call ahead.