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Whatever decision or obstacle prevented you from earning your high school diploma, it is in the past. Move your future forward starting today. The sooner you complete your General Education Development (GED®), the sooner you’ll be more competitive in the job market. Taking the test is the place to start.

Starting in 2014, there will be a new GED test. The current version will expire December 31, 2013. Your scores will expire, too, if you have started but did not finish and pass all the sub-test areas. This new test will be computer-based, more expensive ($130 in Florida), and require some content knowledge from Common Core Standards. It will offer dual performance levels where you can earn the high school equivalency credential as well as an additional endorsement that indicates career and college-readiness.

That all may sound challenging, but there are resources to help you. It is also not as challenging as trying to find a good job without a high school diploma. To find help, visit floridaliteracy.org for programs, resources and contacts.

Q. What must I do to pass the GED test?
A. You have to be able to read, compute, interpret information and express yourself in writing on a level comparable to that of 60% of graduating high school seniors. If you are uncertain whether you have the level of skill needed to successfully complete the tests, you can find out more about your abilities in several ways. Locate your local testing center (call 1-877-352-4331) to start the process, or visit your local career center.

Q. Should I study for the GED test?
A. Preparation is an essential part of any important examination. You probably have gained some knowledge and skills thorough life experience, but remember that the GED test is a set of five tests that take more than seven hours to complete. Regardless of your ability, you’ll be more certain to perform your best on the tests if you know what to expect before the testing day arrives.

Q. Are GED graduates eligible for college financial aid?
A. Federal monies are available to GED recipients just as they are to traditional high school graduates who meet the eligibility criteria. These requirements usually include demonstrated financial need. A student must be enrolled in an accredited program leading to degrees or certificates. To apply, you must be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen and have a Social Security number. (Learn more about financial aid on page 30.)

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Q. Where can I take the test?
A. While GED classes are offered online. you must take the test at an official testing center. Call 1-877-352-4331 to find the testing center nearest you. The center has information about: where to find the official practice test; where to find a GED instructional program; how much it costs to take the tests; when and where the tests are given.