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Take the GED for Free through July 31

The GED test will be free in Kentucky May 15July 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.

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.

Its 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 January 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 December 18, 2013.
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. Owensboro Community and Technical Colleges SkillTrain is the adult education center for the Owensboro region.

We want to be sure everyone is aware of this opportunity, said Vicki Boyd, OCTC director of adult education. We urge our students to act now.

For more information, contact:
Daviess County SkillTrain, (270) 686-4454,OCTC Downtown Campus, 1501 Frederica Street, Owensboro, Monday Thursday 8 a.m. 6 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
SkillTrain, McLean County,(270) 231-0338, Calhoun Career Center, Hwy 81, Calhoun, Wednesday 1 p.m.-4 p.m. and McLean County Public Library, Livermore, Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
SkillTrain, Ohio County, (270) 298-4470, Ohio County Community Center, 130 E. Washington Street, Hartford, Monday Friday 8 a.m. 4:30 p.m.