The General Educational Development, or GED test, which gives those who did not complete high school the opportunity to earn their high school credential, is changing in 2014. The current version, known as the 2002 Series GED test, will be replaced with the new 2014 GED test Jan. 2, 2014. Those who have taken the 2002 Series GED test, but not passed all five parts, have until the end of 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.

Preparation for the test is offered locally by Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, which provides free help for students preparing for the tests. There is a fee for the actual testing. Classes are available at the Scott Community College West Davenport Center, 2950 N. Fairmount St., Davenport. Classes are available in both English and Spanish. The center also provides English as a Second Language classes.

The GED also will be changing from a paper test to a computer-based test this spring. This change will make it much more flexible for test-takers to schedule testing; however, they will need to be comfortable in basic computer use in order to complete the test.

For more information, stop by the West Davenport Center or call

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