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A new state General Education Development test is coming in 2014.

The current version of the GED exam, created in 2002, will expire on Dec. 31. An updated version will be used starting in January,the Pennsylvania Department of Education announced today.

"Those who have started the 2002 Series GED test but have not completed all five parts have until Dec. 31, 2013, to pass any remaining sections," according to a news release. "Those who do not successfully complete all five parts by the end of 2013 will be required to start over again in 2014 with the new GED test in order to receive their high school credential. Partial scores from the current exam cannot be carried over to the new 2014 test."


Officials called the 2014 test "more rigorous" and "a better indicator of high school equivalency and college and career readiness."

The new test, which will have four parts instead of five, will only be available in the computer-based format at specific testing centers across the state.

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