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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has announced 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 on January 2, 2014.
Last year, nearly 800,000
adults sat for the GED test, which is accepted by nearly all U.S.
colleges and employers. The revisions were spearheaded by the American
Council on Education, creator of the GED, in conjunction with private
test-maker Pearson. The two companies have merged which helped to create
the revenue and resources to revamp the test.
Those who have
taken the GED test since 2002, but 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 GED test in order to receive their high school equivalency
"The GED test opens the door to college and
better jobs. It gives the graduate the respect they deserve, and the
satisfaction of earning a high school credential with the hope that they
will continue with their education," said Gary Connor, director of the
college's GED and Adult Basic Education programs. "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."
According to the GED Testing Service, more than a million Americans have started, but not completed the current GED test.
is available right here in Rowan and Cabarrus counties," said Connor.
"We're here to help you. We can help you get prepared to take the parts
of the GED test you still need to pass. Even with your busy schedule,
you can prepare, plan, and succeed at taking the GED test!"
the deadline is still a year away, officials are urging anyone working
on their GED to be aware that major changes are coming.
job was as a GED instructor and I know first-hand how important a GED is
for a person's future," said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of
Rowan-Cabarrus. "Today's unemployment rates are evidence that without a
high school diploma or a GED, future salary is limited to near poverty
levels. By all means, use 2013 to complete your high school equivalent
education so you can better prepare the years ahead. Encourage anyone
you know to do the same. Rowan-Cabarrus is ready to help."
offer classes online, at various community locations and on campus, so
anyone interested in earning a GED can walk in the door and get
started," said Connor.
Students work at their own pace, so the
time to complete a section of the GED may take weeks or months based
upon the individual.
"We are committed to helping the people of
Rowan and Cabarrus counties gain the skills they need to become
employable," said Spalding. "In addition to free GED classes, we also
offer free classes that prepare them to take the WorkKeys assessment to
earn the nationally recognized Career Readiness Certificate (CRC). Armed
with these two credentials, their chances for employment are greatly
The new 2014 GED test will be based on emerging
national and state standards. The test will offer dual performance
levels where test-takers can earn the high school equivalency credential
as well as an additional endorsement that indicates career- and
college-readiness. The test will be delivered solely on computer and
offered only in official testing centers. Additionally, the cost of
testing is expected to increase from its current fee of $25.
strongly urge anyone who has started the GED program since 2002 but had
to ‘stop out' for whatever reason, to come back and finish before the
end of 2013. After that, any student who had not successfully completed
all five exams will be required to retake any exams that they had
already passed," said Connor.
"We also expect that the national GED provider will increase the cost of testing substantially,"
Connor. "Right now, there are a total of five tests: reading, science,
social studies, math, and writing. The new GED testing will have four
tests: reasoning through language arts, math, science, and social
"Many people have been led to believe that they can go
online and get their GED, but it is not possible. You have to test in a
certified testing center in order to obtain an official GED," Connor
said. "GED is trademarked and is considered a high school equivalency.
It's being revamped to reflect what's happening in high school."
said the new GED tests will be filled with complex content based on the
common core state standards to meet high school performance standards,
along with other benchmarks representing college readiness.
GED graduates are not just improving their lives; they are improving
those of their families and communities," said Carl M. Short, chair of
the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees. "If you don't
have a high school diploma, I urge you to contact Rowan-Cabarrus today."
Community College offers free GED classes in the morning, afternoon and
evening most days of the week. Please contact Gary Connor for more
information at email@example.com or 704-216-3723.
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
The GED test has opened doors to better jobs and college
programs for more than 18 million graduates since 1942. For more
information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The college is currently registering students for spring classes.