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GED requirements are changing

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The current version of the General Equivalency Diploma test will expire at end of 2013.

 Students who haven't completed all the parts of the exam need to finish and pass the test before they lose their scores on the parts the have finished.

Moultrie Technical College is spreading the word that previous work on what's called the 2002 Series could be lost if the process for the GED is not completed in time.

Here is more information from Moultrie Tech-

Moultrie Technical College (MTC) 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.

Those who have taken the 2002 Series GED test, 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 credential. Interested GED test-takers can find more information at www.finishtheGED.com.

"The GED test opens doors to college, better jobs, the respect adults deserve, and the satisfaction of earning a high school credential," said MTC's Chief GED Examiner Katie Harrison. "So 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 Colquitt, Tift, Turner and Worth counties through Moultrie Tech," said MTC Assistant Vice President for Adult Education Jerry Smith. "We can help adult learners get prepared to take the parts of the GED test they still need to pass. We want them to succeed."

GED test preparation classes are always free to every Georgian through the schools within the Technical College System of Georgia. Officials at Moultrie Tech also say the cost of taking the full set of GED tests shouldn't be a deterrent to anyone, because grants and other financial assistance, including a scholarship provided by AT&T, are available.

Last year, more than 19,000 adult learners earned a GED diploma in Georgia. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, a person with a high school or GED credential earns $10,000 more per year than a non-high school graduate. The income level increases substantially more for those who go on to complete a college certificate, diploma or degree program.

More than one million adults in Georgia don't have a high school diploma.

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.

"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."

For more information about Moultrie Tech's Adult Education and GED test preparation program, call (229) 217-4182 in Moultrie, (229) 391-2615 in Tifton, (229) 567-8781 in Ashburn or (229) 777-2177 in Sylvester, or log on to www.moultrietech.edu/adulted.

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