| FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 4, 2003
taking Spanish-language GED test face
December testing deadline, or new exams
-- Illinois adults working toward their GED certificates
by taking the Spanish-language GED Test have until December
31, 2003 to successfully complete the current version
of the Spanish-language GED Test.
GED Testing Service in Washington, DC will introduce new
Spanish-language tests on January 1, 2004 to replace the
current edition. Any GED candidate who has not successfully
completed the Spanish-language GED Tests by that time
must start again with the 2004 Series GED Tests to qualify
for an Illinois High School Equivalency Certificate. Scores
from the current test cannot be converted to scores on
the new tests. The English-language GED Tests were introduced
nationally on January 1, 2002.
who have begun testing in Spanish, but have not passed
all five tests, must do so as soon as possible to earn
the scores needed to qualify them for a certificate before
the December 2003 cut-off date. Those not passing all
five tests must begin testing again in January 2004 with
the new Spanish-language GED Tests. Interest in completing
the requirements to obtain a GED by the deadline has increased
and opportunities for testing may be limited during the
remainder of 2003.
new Spanish-language GED Tests will be a direct translation
of the English-language GED Tests and will continue to
measure the significant and lasting outcomes of a four-year
high school course of study in English Language Arts,
social studies, science and mathematics.
tests incorporate the most current, widely used curriculum
standards and standardized assessment practices available.
Graduating high school seniors will continue to set the
benchmark by which passing scores are set.
reflecting the changing needs of society, the GED Tests
retain their value to the individual and to educational,
business, and trade organizations as an authoritative
measure of high-school-level skills and knowledge for
students who do not complete traditional high school coursework.