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"Testing Blitz" Underway Before GED Changes in January

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The deadline is here for people in central Virginia hoping to pass the General Education Development (GED) before the test changes in the new year and all former scores are lost.

They're calling it a "testing blitz" at the Thomas Jefferson Adult Career Education Center in Charlottesville. They've been GED testing everyday, all month - and Friday is the last push to try to get people to pass.

Testing administrators say 500 people hoped to pass the GED in the region this year. Of those, they expect 300 will succeed by Friday by passing all five sections of the test. That means 200 people are expected to have their scores erased, and will have to start over with the new exam starting January 1. 

The Adult Career Education Center is hosting the last testing sessions Friday. Hundreds of people will have taken the GED there this week alone.

"We want to just give people that last chance to come in and finish the GED this year and get their high school diploma," said Carol Coffey, a regional GED examiner.

One of the biggest changes to the new test starting in January is that it will be computerized. The new GED will still test the same subjects, it will just ask more in-depth questions. The goal is to stay in line with the national standard known as the "common core."

Career Center administrators have already started preparing some students for the new test. They're changing the curriculum and they've converted a classroom into a new testing center with computers and cameras.

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