An Illinois State Representative is pushing a bill that would let the state look for a different, less expensive GED test.  The price to take the test went up from $50 last year to $120 now, and that has apparently led to a drop-off in the number of people taking the test.  The Regional Superintendent of Schools for Madison County says January is typically a slow time for test-takers.

But he concedes there is probably some impact being felt with the increased cost, so he reminds anyone thinking about taking the GED that there is assistance available for some.

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The number to call is 296-4530.  Before passing a bill, community counselors say the state will need to make sure employers will accept the new test before they approve a different one.  The bill cleared the House last week and is waiting for a hearing in the Senate. 

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