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GED Testing Service Offering Free Second Shot Through May

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The GED Testing Service is offering test-takers who begin their GED test on computer one free retake if they fail their first test.

The Second Shot program will be available through May 31. Last fall, the College of DuPage Testing Center became the first site in the Chicago area to offer the new computerized GED Test and has worked closely with the GED Testing Service, which initiated the computerized test in January 2012.

A first-year analysis completed by the GED Testing Service shows that adults who take the GED test on computer are passing at higher rates, finishing faster, and retesting at significantly higher numbers. For example, 88 percent of people passed the GED test on computer compared to 71 percent who tested on paper, while adults testing on computer were 59 percent more likely to retake a failed test. On average, adults who tested on computer completed their exams one hour and a half faster than their paper-and-pencil counterparts.

"The Second Shot program is a great way to encourage people to take their GED tests by providing a safety net if they should fail their first test," said Jarret Dyer, Chief GED Examiner and Coordinator of Specialized Testing Services at College of DuPage. "The GED is a life-changing accomplishment with long-lasting benefits, so a program like Second Shot can be the catalyst that helps people decide to earn their GED credential."

The GED test on computer is the same test currently offered on paper and pencil. Whether a candidate takes the test on paper or computer, it must be taken in person at an official testing center. The new 2014 GED test will be offered only online.

People interested in taking the computerized GED test can check out a free computer tutorial and can register online.

For more information about the Second Shot program, visit or call (630) 942-2401.

The College of DuPage Testing Center recently received Test Center Certification from the National College Testing Association (NCTA), one of only 25 test centers at two- and four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada to have completed this intensive certification process.