Individuals who have started earning their General Education Degree (GED) but have not yet finished are encouraged to do so prior to December 13, 2013. That is the last day anyone can take the current GED test in the state of Iowa. Beginning with the new year, the state of Iowa will offer the HiSET exam as the vehicle for obtaining a High School Equivalency Diploma. The GED exam will no longer be used in Iowa.

Anyone who started GED testing prior to 2014 will have to start over with the new HiSET test as none of the GED scores will transfer over to the new HiSET exam. HiSET tests measure skills and knowledge at the level of a high school graduate and higher test scores can indicate college readiness. Passing the HiSET test battery requires passing tests in the following topics: reading, writing, science, math, and social studies.

In Iowa, nearly 91% of the population ages 25 and older have at least a high school diploma, the seventh-highest rate in the nation. Iowa faces a shortage of skilled workers, and training those already living here is important. Those who did not graduate from high school or did not complete a High School Equivalency Diploma are finding it increasingly difficult to secure jobs.

Hawkeye Community College has the sixth highest GED enrollment rate in the state, and a 98% GED-pass rate. Larry Millang, Hawkeye’s chief GED examiner, attributes this success to rigorous instructional standards and practices.

The college’s Metro Center is geared up and ready to help anyone who has started and would like to finish their GED testing to avoid starting all over in 2014. Interested participants can also go to the Cedar Falls Center, Independence Center, and Waverly Center for assistance in getting their GED. If you or someone you know is interested in completing their GED, call 319-234-5745 and request the Learning Center for additional information on completing the GED.