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Students urged to finish GED; changes due in 2014

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Adults who have begun working toward their GED are being urged to finish up this year, before the test for a high school equivalency diploma changes and they have to start all over.

GED Testing Service will introduce a new version of the test, given nationwide, on Jan. 1, 2014. Developers say the first major changes since 2002 will align the test with the new Common Core curricula adopted by most states to increase college and career readiness. It also will shift test-taking from pencil and paper to computer.

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Those who administer the test have begun to alert the million or so adults who have passed some but not all of the five parts of the current test to complete the missing sections by Dec. 31. If not, they’ll have to begin again under the new program Jan. 1. ‘‘If they are in the pipeline, they need to get it done,’’ said Dr. Danis Gehl, education director at the University at Buffalo’s Educational Opportunity Center.

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