The current version of the GED® test battery is expiring at the end of 2013. The Iowa Department of Education wishes to raise awareness about this change which may acutely impact individuals who have passed one or more of the five portions of the test, but have not finished.
With the adoption of a new assessment in 2014, any scores students have received on 2002 series tests will expire at year-end. The 2002 series tests will not be compatible with the computer-based GED® test or other assessments. Individuals who have not successfully completed the entire test battery must act quickly if they do not wish to re-take portions of the test which they’ve already passed. Successful completion of the test battery results in the awarding of a state-issued high school equivalency diploma.
The deadline for first-time testers to begin the 2002 test series is Nov. 30, 2013, and the last official testing date in Iowa for the test is Dec. 13, 2013.
Please communicate this to your community and attempt to reach out to individuals who may be impacted. Within the past decade, more than 11,000 testers statewide have started the test battery, but not yet completed it. Iowa strives to maintain a high GED® pass rate and it is important for participants to be referred to adult education and literacy programs in their area to receive assistance. Support specific to individual portions of the test is available. To help participants identify the closest center, please refer to this map: http://bit.ly/AELCenters. Your support in sharing this information is greatly appreciated.