New York is creating a new version of the General Education exam, according to the New York State Education Commissioner. New York is working with CTB/McGraw-Hill to develop an alternative exam in response to a newer version of the GED (General Education Diploma) that will cost test takers $120 in 2014. In 2014, the exam will be administered on computers, and priced at the higher fee.

The GED is free in New York. The state currently picks up the tab for New Yorkers taking the exam. On the New York State Education Department website Chancellor, Merryl H. Tisch said, “We can’t let price deny anyone the opportunity for success. That’s why, rather than pay Pearson twice the current cost or limit the number of students who can take the exam, the Regents approved a competitive process to develop a new assessment.”