Current version of GED® set to expire, NIC offers free services

The current version of the GED® test will expire at the end of 2013. The current version, known as the 2002 Series GED® test, will be replaced with the new 2014 GED® test on Jan. 2, 2014. Those who have taken the 2002 Series GED® test, but not passed all five parts, have until Dec. 18, 2013 to pass or they will need to start over again in 2014 with the new GED® test in order to receive their high school credential.

“The GED® test opens door to college, better jobs, the respect adults deserve, and the satisfaction of earning a high school credential,” said Mary Edwards, GED® test coordinator of the North Idaho College Adult Basic Education/GED® Program. “So we want to be sure that everyone is aware of this deadline. GED® test-takers must act now to finish and pass before the current test expires.”

Free GED® preparation programs are offered through NIC in Bonners Ferry, Coeur d’Alene, Kellogg, Sandpoint and St. Maries.

“Support is available right here in Bonners Ferry,” said Rex Fairfield, director of the North Idaho College Adult Education Program. “We can help adult learners get prepared to take the parts of the GED® test they still need to pass. We want you to succeed.”

More than 1400 residents have started, but not completed their GED® diploma in North Idaho since the test was redesigned in 2002.

“To anyone who has already started the GED® test, your future is calling. By passing the GED® test, you can answer that call,” said Randy Trask, president and CEO of GED® Testing Service. “You owe it to yourself.  Don’t miss the chance to turn one small step into your next big opportunity in life.”

The GED® test has opened doors to better jobs and college programs for more than 18 million graduates since 1942. Last year nearly 800,000 adults sat for the GED® test, which is accepted by virtually all U.S. colleges and employers. As the creator of the official GED® test, GED® Testing Service has a responsibility to ensure that the program continues to be a reliable and valuable pathway to a better life for the millions of adults without a high school credential.

The North Idaho College Bonners Ferry Center offers GED® preparation free of charge. Fall class hours are Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. GED® tests will be offered Oct. 22, Nov. 12, and Dec. 10. Preregistration is required.

Please call instructor Dave Gause at (208) 267-3878 or visit the center for more information. 

For More Information
NIC ABE/GED® Assessment Coordinator Mary Edwards, (208) 665-5099 or

Posted: Friday, Oct. 18, 2013

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