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Its price has nearly doubled, and test-takers who haven't finished will have to start all over again. The new GED exam doesn't look good on paper -- and it's not even a paper test anymore.

But it could mean a tremendous, 20 percent growth in Tennessee's workforce as soon as next year.

Roughly 67 percent of Tennesseans who previously took the classic, paper-format GED passed it, according to Pearson-Vue, the for-profit company that now owns the GED name. Come Jan. 4, the test's administrators expect more than 87 percent of Tennesseans who take the new, computer-only format -- complete with two free retakes -- to pass and be prepared for 2014's limited job market.

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