The American Council on Education and Pearson, a major education and testing company, are starting a partnership to design and deliver a computer-based G.E.D. test, aligned with the Common Core State Standards.
The new business, which will continue to use the G.E.D. Testing Service name, will not offer the new G.E.D. until 2014, but will begin to roll out computer-based versions of the existing test this spring in California, Florida, Georgia and Texas.
The new test and the computer-based version of the existing one will be available only at official testing centers. There are no plans to offer them online. About 800,000 people take the G.E.D. each year, and more than 470,000 of them earn their high school equivalency.