Attention GED® Candidates: Finish Up Now!

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Substantial changes are coming to the high school equivalency exam starting January 1, 2014.  Not only will the GED® test be taken on computers, the contents of the exam are also changing.  The new format will be more rigorous and include a career and college readiness portion.  This is expected to make passing more challenging.

Reacting to this, the Fund for Public Advocacy has launched a new outreach movement, The 2013 GED® Campaign to Finish.  The effort targets young people aged 17-24 who have already completed some or most of the GED® requirements.  If they do not finish their GED® by the time the new test goes into effect, their previous results will be invalidated and they will have to start over.

The Campaign to Finish urges GED® candidates who have already passed one or more parts of the exam to call (718) 557-2525 for more information or help.

The Fund for Public Advocacy is supporting BronxWorks in this campaign.  Applications to take the GED® and the test schedule are available at the front desk of the BronxWorks Community Center (1130 Grand Concourse) or from the New York State Education Department website.  Testers under who are 17 or 18 require additional paperwork.  Filled-out applications should be mailed or hand-delivered to the BronxWorks Community Center. 

Because the new GED® exam will only be administered electronically, it will provide additional barriers to test takers with little computer literacy. Also, there will be a limited number of testing centers that are equipped with the necessary machines, which will in turn lead to fewer available seats.

So finish your testing now!  To help, BronxWorks is planning to add classes and tutoring.  Contact Natasha Gushin (718-508-3045; for more information.  Click here to read more about BronxWorks GED® testing.

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