CHECK IT OUT: GED practice site is open; 2002 test expires soon

Published: Monday, September 16, 2013 at 02:06 PM.

Starting in January 2014, there will be a new General Education Development test.

The GED’s current, 2002, paper-based version expires at the end of 2013 — and your scores will expire too if you don’t finish and pass the test by then. Finish the test now so you won’t have to re-take parts you’ve already passed. The exam consists of writing, reading, social studies, science and math subtests.

Beginning in 2014, all GED testing in Florida will be computer based. In addition, the test’s price will increase. So now is a great time for you and your family and friends to get their GED.

More doors open with a high school credential. That can mean a better job, college and a sense of personal fulfillment.

To help you study and practice, the library provides the online Gale/Cengage Testing and Education Reference Center. Go to and click on the “Electronic Resources” tab on the left. Click on the “Testing & Education Reference Center” icon and enter your 14-digit library card number for access. Under “High School Tools,” you will find practice tests and an entire 945-page “Master the GED” book to read online.

When you get ready to actually take the GED, call the Northwest Florida State College Adult General Education Department, 729-5397, or the Testing Center, 729-6016, for more information; or visit

Sandra Dreaden is the Crestview Public Library's reference librarian.

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