BOONEVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- Instructors with the state's GED program are warning students to hurry up and finish their courses and take the test before the new year.
If students don't complete course work by then, all of the work they have done will be in vain.
"If you don't finish and pass the test all of your scores will be erased," said Dale Michael of the Northeast Community College GED program.
Michaels says that if you have taken any part of the GED test in the past ten years, and have not finished, this means you.
He says everything starts over on January 1.
"Please be aware that we need you to get back in a class somewhere in the northern part of this state and go to work. Let's get this GED thing knocked out," Michael continued.
Michaels says the price for taking the GED test is about to go up from $75 to $120.
Mississippi and the rest of the nation is changing GED guidelines, and a company known as Pearson-View has bought out the testing services nationwide.
"Now is the time we need to get everyone in before Christmas," said Michael.
GED officials stress that it costs nothing to take the course and in some cases it can be finished in just days.
"One important aspect of this test is that you have to write an essay," said Randy Michael of Northeast Community College.
Michael teaches language, writing, and reading. He says there are five parts of the GED program to pass.
"If you've passed four parts and you don't get it done, that last part before January 1, then you've lost everything and have to start over," said Michael.
Fortunately, they say just about every community college in our area offers the GED program and there is still time to get it done.
Officials at Northeast say that those who pass the GED program will be eligible to work at companies like Toyota Manufacturing and its suppliers.