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NJ approves alternatives to GED test



TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey is offering alternatives to the GED exam to enable those who drop out of high school to receive diplomas.

The state Board of Education announced Wednesday that it has approved three vendors for the assessments starting in January, ending a 55-year run where only one test was available in the state.

The Education Department says the competition will mean a better price for students and that paper-and-pencil testing will continue through 2016.

Pearson VUE, which offers the GED, was planning to switch in January to only computer-based tests.

Pearson VUE remains one of the vendors. The others are Education Testing Service and McGraw Hill. The state says it will look to authorize other exams as they become available.