This isn’t necessarily to GED testers’ benefit, as Baltimore City Paper reports. The problem ultimately lies in a partnership that made GED testing a for-profit business, one that would shift the test from being an exam that could be taken via computer or with pencil and paper to an assessment available only in computerized form:
In March 2011, the nonprofit GED Testing Service of the American Council on Education (ACE) partnered with Pearson, the publishing giant and the world’s largest administrator of high-stakes electronic tests. The nonprofit ACE had been operating the GED test for more than 60 years with little change, but Pearson—which first got involved with ACE as a contractor conducting a study about paper-based versus computer-based testing—had big plans: phase out the paper-based test, create a new, computer-only test, and increase the per-test price from $45 to $120.
Today, in 2014, it’s now the only center in Baltimore city and Baltimore County that offers the new, online-only GED test.