LONDON, Ky. (WKYT) - "Not having the GED has hindered me, due to some jobs require your GED. And I feel by having the GED, I will be able to excel in whatever I go for," said Max Fletcher.
Fletcher is hoping to excel in the field of construction.
He was one of dozens of students taking the GED exams today at the Laurel County Adult Education and Literacy center, attempting to complete them by the end of the year.
"About two years ago, we found we always had these students that had maybe on test they had to finish. They passed everything but math, passed everything but writing," said Kathryn Hardman, Executive Director of the Laurel County Adult Education and Literacy center.
So Hardman, and other leaders at the center decided to try a weekend approach...an extreme weekend.
"Just immerse them in a subject area for the weekend, let them take the official test on a Sunday afternoon. And hopefully they can be finished Sunday afternoon and have their GED," said Hardman.
Hardman said they've had thirty six students sign up for this upcoming extreme weekend testing event. She added there may be a little more room for a few other students.
But why the big push to get students to finish by the end of the year?
"Partial scores, that's the big message, partial scores expire on December 31st," said Hardman.
Hardman explained every ten years or so, the GED test changes, by updating and adapting to what's expected of high school graduates.
"If they've made that much of an effort, and passed quite a few courses, they'd be foolish not to give it a try," said Hardman, referencing students who have partially completed the course.
She continued, "I also don't want to discourage anybody that doesn't finish, you'll be able to pass the new one too. We'll work with you."
To sign up, Hardman says you can contact your local adult education center.