"So if you have begun the process this needs to be the year that you complete it."
When 2013 ends so does the current version of the General Education Development test, or the GED.
"Well first the largest difference is that the new test, the 2014 test, will be done on computer."
The current test is all on paper but Literacy Lubbock student Valerie Gonzales said the computer test might be easier to take.
"Computers will be fine, it's probably better."
But the test won't just be changed from paper to digital, the format will be changed as well.
"Another big change is currently the entire test is multiple choice. The new test will be multiple choice, fill in the blank, and computer generated actions that you have to do like click and drag or paste."
Some of the sections are restructured but tutor James Abel said certain areas were always going to be taught the same way.
"We're teaching them math. Some of the other classes may evolve but math is math."
If you have already taken a portion of the current GED you must finish the entire test before the end of 2013 to earn your degree.
"The switch becomes effective in January of 2014 so if you have begun the process and taken a portion of the GED test and passed it is imperative that you finish that program before December of this year because at that point everything comes to an end and in January you start fresh and you would lose everything you've already done."