HARRISONBURG -- The GED test will be changing in January 2014.
Employees with the GED Testing Service said it's crucial to finish parts of the current test by December.
Director of Public Affairs CT Turner said that if people have finished a part of the test, they need to finish all of it before the end of the year.
Otherwise, they will have to start over. Last year, 21,000 people in virginia took the test.
This year, it's likely that thousands still have to finish before the end of the year.
The new version of the test will be completely online and parts will be more challenging.
Adults can currently take the test in online form in Fishersville, otherwise, it's offered in paper form at other locations.
Turner says taking the test online makes a difference. The pass rate is 88 % compared to 71 % when taken on paper.
These are the first major changes since 2002. The format of adult classes will also change to help prepare students for college or other training programs.
"Adults will really get information not just about high school equivalency but above that in their readiness for career training programs and also for credit bearing classes in college," said CT Turner.
There are five sections of the current test and the GED Testing Service is offering a special right now in the Commonwealth.
If you plan on taking your first test before the end of May and don't pass, you can retake it for free.
That's all in an effort to beat the end of year rush to get the test finished.
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