MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) Bishop State officials are pushing for people to enroll in GED classes and take the test this year before major changes are made.
The price for GED tests will rise from $50 to $120.
"It's hard for people to come up with just the $50," said GED student Kaci Barton.
According to Bishop State officials, the test will be more difficult, detailed and in depth. The computerized testing will start January 1, 2014.
"The difficulty level I think is going to be more in line with college entrance tests," said Bishop State Community College GED Director Akareem Spears.
"So everybody is in a hurry to get it out the way," said Barton.
Kaci Barton, 17, is one of those students who rushed to take the seven hour test before December 31st.
Barton said, "I just got done taking the GED test."
She added, "Today, I took Science, Social Studies, and Math."
"You better go ahead and take it now or you're going to be out of luck in 2014. It's going to be really hard."
Bishop State Community College has launched a campaign to get people to enroll and take the test now.
"My biggest push is come in now. We'll worry about 2014 test when it gets here, but we want to make sure you come in now and pass this older version," said Spears.
The new test will be made up of four sections. It will add extra essays, fill in the blanks, and short answers. Something different from the current multiple choice format.
GED Director Spears stated students who have completed classes, but have not passed the test need to jump on board too.
"We would hate for you to pass certain sections, and then January 1 you have not completed the test. You would have to take the entire test over and pay a increased fee," said Spears.
Bishop State offers GED classes for free. For more information, simply click on the link: http://www.bscc.cc.al.us/