New GED Exam To Be Introduced In January 2012

STATE – People who are trying to earn their high school diploma by passing the series of GED tests must complete the series by Dec. 31, 2011 or they will have to start from the beginning with a new test series that will be administered beginning on Jan. 1, 2012, Education Commissioner Lucille E. Davy said today.

“Many of New Jersey’s candidates for the GED are working adults who are studying for the exams and taking them individually over an extended period of time,” Davy said. “We want to remind candidates and educators that they must complete and pass the current GED exams before the expiration date of December 2011, or they will have to go back to the beginning and take all the tests again.”


The GED, developed by the American Council on Education, is a series of five national exams testing candidates in the content areas of science, social studies, reading, mathematics and writing in order to allow them to obtain a high school diploma in their home states.

In 2008, 14,413 New Jersey candidates took the GED. From that total, 9,172 candidates were awarded a New Jersey state-issued high school diploma.
The GED Testing Services assesses the exams at regular intervals to certify that the content reflects current curricular and academic standards for high school graduates across the United States and Canada. As expectations and standards change for high school students, the GED tests are aligned with those same expectations and standards.

GED exams can only be taken in person at official GED testing centers. The test is not available on-line. Some candidates have paid for exams for on-line credentials that they later learned were unacceptable proofs of high school completion by potential employers or institutions of higher education.

A list of frequently asked questions and additional information related to the release of the 2012 Series GED Tests can be found on the GED Testing Service web-site,

Locations of New Jersey’s GED testing centers and more information about taking the GED exam in New Jersey are available at

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