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CCBC shares major changes within GED testing
Current version of GED® test to expire at end of 2013

Baltimore, MD (May 23, 2013) – The Community College of Baltimore County is helping to spread the word that the current version of the 2002 Series GED® Test will expire at the end of 2013, along with incomplete test scores. Persons who have begun taking portions of the test are encouraged to make every effort to complete the testing before the end of this year.

“It is very hard to determine just how many Baltimore County residents have started but not finished the current version of the GED® test”, said Ann Bonner, director of the Center for Adult and Family Literacy at CCBC. “According to the 2010 census, one in 10 persons in Baltimore County over the age of 25 has never earned a high school diploma. We need to do whatever we can to provide access and training to help these Baltimore County residents complete and pass the GED® test, earn their high school diploma and start on a career pathway that will lead to post-secondary education, job training and /or a better job.”

The five parts of the GED® 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 within the last five years but not finished and passed every section, have until October 31, 2013 to apply for admission to test and must complete all parts by the end of 2013 otherwise, their scores will expire, and they will have to start over again with the new 2014 GED® test. If you have not taken the 2002 version of the GED® test, you must send in your application along with the $45 scheduling fee before September 15, 2013.

The new 2014 GED® test will be based on emerging national and state standards and will offer dual performance levels; test-takers can earn the high school equivalency credential as well as an additional endorsement that indicates career- and college-readiness. The 2014 GED® test will be delivered solely on computer and offered only at official testing centers including CCBC Hunt Valley and CCBC Randallstown.

GED test-taker are encouraged to test before the 2013 deadline and should visit www.gogedgo.org, http://www.gedtestingservice.com/finishtheged/ or contact CCBC for more information at 443-840-3077.


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Providing accessible, affordable and high-quality education since 1957, CCBC educates more than 70,000 students each year, including half of all Baltimore County residents attending college in Maryland as undergraduates. Committed to student success and the development of lifelong learners who strengthen our regional workforce and enrich our community, CCBC has also been selected to participate in Achieving the Dream, a national student success initiative. In 2011, the Chronicle of Education honored CCBC as one of only 26 community colleges across the nation named “Great Colleges to Work For.”

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