The WV Department of Education says more than 13,000 West Virginians should complete their GED before the test changes on Jan. 2, 2014.

In 2014, an electronic version of the high school diploma equivalency test will start and will align with the national Common Core standards.

GED administrator Debra Kimbler said that people who haven't completed the existing GED by Dec. 31 will have to start over.

West Virginia now offers the test for free.

WVDE spokeswoman Liza Cordeiro said funding provided by the Legislature won't cover the electronic GED's $120 cost.

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