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Current version of GED test to expire at end of 2013

GED testing center in Lincoln encourages adults to finish before test deadlines

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[September 14, 2012]  The Logan-Mason-Menard Regional Office of Education announced yesterday that the current version of the GED test will expire at the end of 2013. The current version, known as the 2002 Series GED test, will be replaced with the new 2014 GED test beginning on Jan. 2, 2014.

Those who have taken the 2002 Series GED test but have not passed all five parts have only until the end of 2013 to pass that test. In 2014, individuals will need to start over with the new computer-based GED test in order to receive their high school equivalency credential.

"The GED test opens doors to college, better jobs, the respect adults deserve and the satisfaction of earning a high school credential," said Jean Anderson, regional superintendent of schools for Logan, Mason and Menard counties. "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 in all three of our counties," Anderson said. "Area community colleges offer free preparation classes, and GED provides a website that can help adult learners prepare to take the parts of the GED test they still need to pass. Please call our office at 217-732-8388 or 309-543-2192 for more information. We want you to succeed!"

Interested GED test-takers can also find more information at

A few important tips to know about GED testing for Logan, Mason and Menard counties before the end of 2013:

  • The GED test is currently given at the Lincoln office on the second Tuesday of every month, except January.

  • The registration deadline for each testing date is noon on the Friday prior to the test. There are occasional exceptions. Test-takers must register in person.

  • Seating is limited, so the registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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  • The last testing date opportunity to take the current version of the GED test is Dec. 10, 2013.

  • Test-takers must provide proof of passing the Illinois and U.S. Constitution tests before registering for the GED test. Call for details.

  • Test-takers must take the GED test -- whether on paper or computer -- in person at an official GED testing center. The GED test is never offered online.

"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 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 since 1942. Last year nearly 800,000 adults sat for the GED test, which is accepted by virtually all U.S. colleges and employers. As the creator of the official GED test, GED Testing Service has a responsibility to ensure that the program continues to be a reliable and valuable pathway to a better life for the millions of adults without a high school credential. Learn more at

[Text from file received from Regional Office of Education 38]

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