Students can earn their General Educational Development diplomas for free starting Saturday during "GED in a Weekend" at the Conway Adult Education Center, according to a news release.

"GED in a Weekend" will be held at the center, located at 125 Center St., beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. The day is a testing day where students can register and then take the GED Practice Tests. The test takes five hours. Students who pass the practice tests, will be scheduled to take the Official GED Test on the following weekend, Oct. 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, and/or retain or improve their current jobs.

Nearly every employer requires a high school diploma or GED. Getting a GED is essential for continuing with post secondary education or some kind of vocational training. Education is vital for competing in today’s job market.

A new GED Test will be coming Jan. 1 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