No time like the present for current GED test

If you’ve put off taking the GED test, it’s time to buckle down and get it done — especially if you’ve already completed some sections of the five-part exam.

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

Those who have taken the 2002 Series GED test, but not passed all five parts, have until the end of 2013 to pass or they will have to start over again in 2014 with the new 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 Denise Walker, director of Northeast State’s Counseling and Testing Services.  “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.”

Northeast State is a state-approved GED testing center.
Northeast State is a state-approved GED testing center.

Northeast State is a state-approved GED testing center. The GED test must be taken through an approved center to be valid. Currently, the paper and pencil exam costs $65. The fee in 2014 for the new test is estimated at about $75.

The GED diploma is required for all persons who do not have a high school diploma and desire to attend a college or university or who need it to increase their career opportunities.

The first step in obtaining a GED is for individuals to contact a local Adult Education Center. Adult Education Centers provide free classes in preparation for the official GED practice test. Once individuals are ready for the GED exam, the Adult Education Centers provide registration and testing information to the students.

Area centers are located in the following cities or counties:

Kingsport/Sullivan County – 423.378.4301

Carter County – 423.547.8356

Hawkins County – 423.272.8345

Johnson City/Unicoi/Washington County – 423.434.0206

Johnson County – 423.727.2654

The College has testing centers in Gray, Kingsport, and Mountain City. Proctors also travel to correctional facilities in Sullivan, Johnson, and Washington counties to administer the GED test.

A few important tips you should know about testing at Northeast State before the end of 2013:

  • Registration deadline for repeat GED® test-takers is December 2, 2013
  • Registration deadline for new GED® test-takers is December 2, 2013
  • Last day to take the current version of the GED® test is December 17, 2013

“To anyone who has already started the GED test, it’s time to finish,” Walker said. “You want to take advantage of the momentum you have before it’s too late.”

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