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New Test, Higher Fees Coming for GED Takers

Time is running out for students who want to obtain their GED using Florida’s old version of the test.

Westchase residents who want to get their GEDs might want to act soon before the state changes the test and its associated fees.

The state’s current 2002 Series GED test runs its course at the end of 2013. Starting Jan. 2, 2014, students will have to take the new, more costly 2014 GED if they want to gain their high school credentials through this alternative means.

Students who have taken the current version of the test but failed to pass all five parts need to sign up for retakes before 2013 ends, too. Those who don’t will find themselves having to take the entire 2014 test and pay the higher fees, according to a media release from Hillsborough County Public Schools.

The cost to take the 2002 series test is $70. The new version will cost students $130.

“The GED test opens doors to college, better jobs, the respect adults deserve, and the satisfaction of earning a high school credential,” said Superintendent MaryEllen Elia. “We want to be sure that everyone is aware of this deadline and that GED test-takers must act now to finish and pass before the current test expires.”

Dates to Know

GED test-takers in Hillsborough should keep the following dates in mind if they hope to sit for the exam before time runs out on the old version:

  • The deadline for repeat test-takers to register is Dec. 13, 2013, if seats are available.
  • The deadline for new students to register to take a GED for the first time is Dec. 6, 2013.
  • The last day to take the 2002 version of the test is Dec. 16.

For more information, visit the school district’s adult education department online.

To find out more about the GED in general and the upcoming changes, visit the Florida Department of Education online.

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