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Changes coming to Illinois GED tests

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The clock is ticking for thousands of people working towards their GED.

A new version of the test will be launched nationwide in January, and if students haven't passed all five parts by then, they'll have to start over.

The tests will be on computers and the cost will more than double to $120.

Officials say these and other changes may make it more difficult for students trying to advance their education.

Shenita Brown says she's studying hard everyday to make sure she's prepared for the GED test.

Brown says getting her GED is important to her entire family, so she can have a brighter future for her and her six kids.

"I need a better job. I need a better education," said Brown.

But the clock is running out for students like Brown.

Students must pass all five parts of the test before 2014 or they will lose all the credit they have earned.

John Wood Community College Coordinator of Adult Education Monica Foster says those people need to work faster to ensure they don't have to start from scratch.

"It would be to their advantage to finish that up by the end of the year or those scores expire and they'll have to start over," said Foster.

Foster says another reason people might want to step it into gear is because the new test could be more challenging because it will be more aligned with the Common Core Standards.

"We do anticipate it will be a little more rigorous and it will be computer-based which will be a new thing for some of our students as well," said Foster.

Brown started working towards her GED just two weeks ago, but says she's hitting the fast track.

"I don't think I'll be waiting for January to test. I'm going to test this year," said Brown.

One thing Brown says she knows for sure...

"I'm not quitting," said Brown.

For more information on how to enroll in GED preparation courses, go to www.jwcc.edu.

John Wood Community College teaches the GED classes, and the Adams/Pike Regional Office of Education provides the testing.  When the tests move to computers, then the testing site will move to the ROE office in the Adams County courthouse.

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