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Education: GED test format changing next year

BEMIDJI – The public is reminded that the current version of the GED test is set to expire this year.

The current version, the 2002 Series GED test, will be replaced with the new test next Jan. 2.

Those who have taken the 2002 Series GED test, but have not passed all five parts, have until the end of this year to pass. Otherwise, they will need to start over again in 2014 with the new GED 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 Laura Malott, education director/instructor in the Red Lake School District, in a press release. “So we want to be sure that everyone is aware of this deadline.”

Support is available in Red Lake and Bemidji.

“We can help adult learners get prepared to take the parts of the GED test they still need to pass,” said Dave Close, GED program coordinator at Oshkiimaajitahdah in Redby in the release.

At Oshkiimaajitahdah, tutoring and test-taking assistance is available 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

At the Northwest Minnesota Indian IOC, assistance is available 2-4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; and 10 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. Mondays and Fridays.

The registration deadline for repeat GED test-takers is expected to be in mid-August. After that, new test-takers must wait to get started on the new test format.

The last day to finish all five portions of the current GED test is Dec. 31, but testing sessions may not be available in all test centers any later than mid-December.

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