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GED rush is on

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The rush is on for Americans who have passed part, but not all, of the GED test. If all parts of the test are not finished by January 2014, the slate will be wiped clean and the test taker must start over with a brand new version of the exam. One million Americans who have taken parts of the high school equivalency examination could be affected.

The new test must be taken on computer instead of pencil and paper. It will give two separate scores. The first, for high school curriculum knowledge and the second, for college or career readiness. Obviously, keyboarding and computer skills will be critical. This new version also will be more expensive at $120; right now, the test costs $50 in Alabama. It is the first update in more than a decade. Mo Jones, the interim GED administrator in Alabama, told abc3340 that the new emphasis on computer skills will help test takers be prepared to respond to job postings and applications, many of which are exclusively online. "This better prepares them for post secondary or workforce without additional education, development classes, or additional training required", Jones said.

Public service campaigns have been ongoing for more than a year to encourage adults to finish the old exam. Some GED centers have expanded hours to accommodate the demand. To find the testing center, go to




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