For Immediate Release - Southwest Tennessee Community College

Date: January 29, 2013

Important News for GED Test-Takers

Southwest Tennessee Community College's Testing Center joined the "Your Future is Calling" campaign, launched by GED Testing Service in September 2012, to alert test-takers who need to finish the GED test by the end of 2013. The current version of the test—the 2002 Series GED Test—will expire at the end of 2013, along with incomplete test scores.

"More than a million adults have started but not finished the current GED test," said Nicole Chestang, executive vice president of GED Testing Service. "As a nation, we cannot afford to let millions of working-aged adults miss this opportunity to complete and pass the GED test, opening doors to college, training, and better jobs."

The GED test contains five parts that can be taken separately, but must all be passed to receive a high school credential. GED test-takers who have started the 2002 Series GED Test, but not finished and passed every section, have until the end of 2013 to do so. Otherwise, their scores will expire, and they will have to start over again with the new computer-based 2014 GED test.

Chateeka Farris, director of the Southwest Tennessee Community College Testing Center, explained, "2013 is the last year for the paper-based GED. Anyone who started testing under the paper-based test and has not completed (earned) their GED has until the end of 2013 to do so. After 2013, the GED test will be offered in a computer-based format only."

The future cost of the computer-based GED will be substantially greater than the current cost. Please contact Southwest Tennessee Community College to schedule your GED test at (901) 333-4170.

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For more information contact: Brenda J. Rayner, (901) 333-4247, bjrayner@southwest.tn.edu, Farris Bldg., Room 1002, 5983 Macon Cove, Memphis, TN 38134