New computer-only format of GED exam spurs competing tests

Jan 6, 2014 by


The revamped GED exam does away with pencil-to-paper test sheets. High school equivalency exams from two other test providers will let students take tests on paper or computer.

The creator of the General Educational Development test, long the measure of high school equivalency for dropouts, has unveiled a revamped computer-only exam that has spurred competition from two other test providers letting students decide which format they prefer.


The new version of the 71-year-old GED, which debuted last week, for the first time does away with pencil-to-paper test sheets. The exam is also meant to be more rigorous and places a greater focus on job readiness than high school equivalency. It will evaluate “career and college-readiness skills” with fewer multiple-choice questions and more content-based answers.

But a number of states have opted out of the new test amid the emergence of two competing exams that offer students an alternative.

States that have decided against administering the new exam have cited cost and accessibility concerns with the elimination of the pencil-to-paper test. Nine states — Iowa, Montana, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, West Virginia, New York, Missouri and New Hampshire — have dropped the GED exam and will now offer other tests. Some states will offer several options, including the GED exam, and others will decide in coming months.

California is currently offering the test, but the state is expected in March to begin considering whether to offer solely the updated GED exam, another test, or a slate of exams going forward, said Diane Hernandez of the California Department of Education.

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