The Northern Marianas College, through its Adult Basic Education program, will implement a new high school equivalency test starting January next year, with the current version of the General Education Development test nearing its expiration at the end of this year.
The current version, known as the 2002 Series GED test, will be replaced with a new high school equivalency test on Jan. 2, 2014. Specifically, the current five-part test will be replaced with a four-part test. Each part can be taken separately but students must pass all sections to receive their GED diploma.
According to ABE director Lorraine Cabrera, students who have taken the paper-based GED test (2002 Series) but did not pass all parts have until Dec. 13, 2013, to pass them.
“Otherwise, they will need to start over again in 2014 with the new computer-based GED test in order to receive their high school credential,” said Cabrera.
Also, beginning Sept. 1, 2013, first-time test takers must take the computer-based GED National test, which costs $24. The deadline for first-time testers to begin the 2002 test series is Nov. 30 and the last official testing date for the test is Dec. 14.
She said the test is not available online and must be taken at official testing centers, and most of those are closed for the Christmas and New Year holidays.
Cabrera disclosed that ongoing GED test-takers must finish and pass before the current test expires. The ABE State Office is ready to assist adult learners prepare to take the GED National Tests that they still need to pass. Interested test-takers can find more information at finishtheGED.com and can contact the ABE State Office at NMC by calling 237-6713.
The ABE program at NMC has three components: adult basic education, English as a second language, and adult secondary education. Based on NMC records, nearly 3,000 students have enrolled and availed of the services of the ABE program in the last five years.
ABE is for individuals seeking literacy according to basic levels. ESL is for those with limited English proficiency according to six levels; and ASE is for individuals seeking to earn a high school diploma either through GED (general educational development diploma), or the ASE (the adult school) program.
Federal grants fund the operation of the ABE program in the CNMI.