FRANKFORT – The GED test will be free in Kentucky May 15 to July 31. Kentuckians taking the test during that timeframe will not have to pay the usual test fee, which will be paid by Kentucky Adult Education, a unit of the Council on Postsecondary Education.
“Our message is don’t wait until later in the year to start work on your GED,” said Reecie Stagnolia, vice president, Kentucky Adult Education. “Get started now to take advantage of the free testing.”
The GED test provides adults who did not finish high school with the opportunity to certify their attainment of high school-level academic knowledge and skills. Normally, the entire GED test taken the conventional way on paper costs the test taker $60; the fee for taking the entire computer-based GED test is $120, a cost set by the national GED Testing Service. Free GED classes are available through local adult education programs in all 120 Kentucky counties.
It’s particularly important for those without a high school diploma to pass all five parts of the GED test this year because the GED test will change Jan. 1, 2014. In Kentucky, approximately 16,000 people have started taking the test but have not completed. All previous scores will expire and anyone who has started but not completed will have to start over. The last test date in Kentucky this year will be Dec. 18.
Kentuckians interested in free classes and the time-limited free GED testing should contact the adult education center in their county to discuss how to get started. To find the local adult education center, call (800) 928-7323 or visit www.KnowHow2GoKy.org and click on “Adults.”