Finish your GED now- new test in 2014

July 16, 2013

A new GED test series is coming January 1, 2014, and those who haven’t finished all tests under the old GED series will have to start all over again.  Incomplete or insufficient GED scores from the old 2002 series will no longer be valid after December 31, 2013.

 “The GED is a recognized credential and earning it opens the doors to the workforce, higher education or the military,” says Lydia Martinez, Director of Adult and Community Education. “For those who have already started their GED testing, it is very much worth the time to finish now before the new series begins and your earlier test results no longer count.”

The new GED test series will be more rigorous. It is aligned with college and career readiness standards, and will be administered on computer only. Instead of five tests under the old series, the new series is four tests. The reading and writing tests have been combined into one “Reasoning through Language Arts” test.

The cost for the new test series is $135. The old series cost $110.

GED tests can be scheduled with the Northside GED Center. Northside has operated a GED test center for 39 years. Last year, 1,478 people registered for at least one GED test and 298 people earned their GED.

 “So many people put things off in life, but it’s never too late to finish your GED,” says Martinez. “Having it will help improve your quality of life and will hopefully motivate you to achieve greater things. It is a milestone to complete.”

Northside’s GED teachers are ready to help. There are flexible scheduling options- during the day, in the evening, and on Saturdays.

For more information about requirements, registration and scheduling a GED test, go to