Pressure is on local students to pass G.E.D. before deadline

By Beau Ebenezer

August 30, 2013 Updated Aug 30, 2013 at 7:32 PM CDT

PEORIA Ill -- The clock is ticking for those working towards their G.E.D.

A new computer-only version of the G.E.D test will launch nation wide January 2nd.

If students have not passed all five parts by late December, they will have to start over, due to the new test criteria.

Common Place in Peoria is trying to help as many students reach their goal by that deadline.

"Some people are working on parts of the test so they can get their points adjusted," said Common Place Academic Advisor, Carol Turbett. "They don't want to start over because everything they've done will be wiped out."

Currently they have about 50 students pursuing a diploma.

31-year-old Kendra Yates is one of those students.

She started testing all the way back in 2009, passing two out of the five tests already.

Now she is looking to finish the job she started.

"It would be a little pressure on me," said Yates. "I'm not even thinking about starting the test over. I'm thinking about how expensive it will be. Some people don't have it."

Right now, the test costs $50 but will rise to $120 in 2014.

"We're very concerned about that and we are hoping that we can create some sort of civic scholarships to support the people who made an effort to prepare themselves," said Peoria County Regional Superintendent, Dr. Gerald Brookhart.

Pass or not, Yates said she is not giving up.

"If I don't, I won't quit. I'll just have to save up and pay the $120 and take another test."

First-timers must take the test by November.

All students will have up until December 23rd to pass.

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