There are only three remaining dates on which the GED test will be administered in Dickson County. The next testing date is Aug. 13 and Dickson County Adult Education Supervisor Phyllis Bradley said there are several openings remaining. In fact, the testing date is in danger of being canceled because the minimum of 10 people registered has not been met. Dickson County will stop offering GED tests after the end of the year because the test is becoming computerized and the University of Tennessee-Martin will not be upgrading its satellite testing site at the Adult Learning Center. After Jan 1, Dickson County residents wanting to earn a GED will have to go to Nashville or another out-of-county site to take the test, the cost of which will increase from $65 to $120 in 2014. Dickson County will continue to offer free GED preparation classes under a grant from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. After Jan. 1, the Adult Learning Center will be offering the Educational Testing Service’s High School Equivalency Test, or HiSET. The Tennessee General Assembly officially approved the HiSET test as an alternative to the GED in its last session. On a recent Power Lunch program, Bradley said it will now be a matter of getting Tennessee employers used to seeing the HiSET diploma instead of a GED on job applications. Many states have selected the HiSET test as its preferred equivalency program, but Bradley said it is not as well known as the GED, which has been around since the 1940s. Anyone wishing to earn a GED should contact the Dickson County Adult Learning Center at 446-2114 as soon as possible. The deadline to register for the Aug. 13 testing date is 3 pm Friday.