Students can earn their General Educational Development diplomas for free starting with the practice exam Saturday, April 6, during "GED in a Weekend" at the Conway Adult Education Center, located at 125 Center St., according to a news release.

"GED in a Weekend" will be held at the center, beginning at 9 a.m. April 6 with a practice test. The practice test takes about five hours.

Students who pass the practice exam will be scheduled to take the Official GED Exam on the weekend of April 20 and 21.

The purpose of weekend testing is to give people who work or cannot come in for classes during the week an opportunity to begin the process of getting their GED Credential. The ultimate goal is to give potential students in Faulkner County the chance to complete a piece of their education so they can go to college, enter vocational training, become employed, or retain or improve their jobs.

Nearly every employer requires a high school diploma or GED, according to the release. Getting a GED is essential for continuing with post-secondary education or some kind of vocational training. Education is vital for competing in the job market.

A new GED Test will be coming Jan. 1, 2014 and that test will be computerized and have fees. Currently, the test and services are free.

Students who are interested in coming in Saturday should call and reserve a spot. Students must be 18 years of age or older.

For more information, or to find out about other services offered by the center, call 450-4810 or visit www.caec.org.