LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — The Lafayette Parish school system has seen an increase in the number of GED test takers trying to beat an end-of-year deadline before their prior test results become invalid.

The exam is the General Educational Development test offered by GED Testing Service. The company is phasing out the test to implement a more rigorous exam administered as a computer-only test starting in January. The phase-out means that those who took the test but had not passed all five parts of it would lose their scores come January.

Robin Olivier, the district's adult education specialist, tells The Advocate the district increased its testing dates to accommodate demand.

Typically, the exam is offered twice a month, but the district offered three testing dates in September, October and November.


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