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The Tests of General Educational Development, or GED Tests, is a battery of five tests that, when passed, certifies the taker has American or Canadian high school-level academic skills. To pass the GED Tests and earn a GED credential, test takers must score higher than 40 percent of graduating high school seniors nationwide. Some jurisdictions require that students pass additional tests, such as an English proficiency exam or civics test.
The GED is sometimes referred to as a "General Equivalency Diploma" or "General Education(al) Diploma." These and other improper references to the “GED” trademark are not authorized by the American Council on Education, which develops the tests and sets the rules for their use. Jurisdictions award a "Certificate of General Educational Development" or similarly titled credential to persons who meet the passing score requirements.
Only individuals who have not earned a high school diploma may take the GED Tests. The tests were originally created to help veterans after World War II return to civilian life. Common reasons for GED recipients not having received a high school diploma include immigration to the United States or Canada; homeschooling; and leaving high school early due to a lack of interest, the inability to pass required courses, the need to work, or personal problems.
More than 15 million people have received a GED credential since the program began inception. One in every seven Americans with high school credentials received the GED, as well as one in twenty college students. 70% of GED recipients complete at least the 10th grade before leaving school, and the same number are over the age of 19, with the average age being 24.
In addition to English, the GED Tests are available in Spanish, French, large print, audiocassette, and braille. Tests and test preparation are routinely offered in correctional facilities and on military bases in addition to more traditional settings.
The five tests which comprise the GED test battery are: Language Arts, Writing; Social Studies; Science; Language Arts, Reading; and Mathematics.
To ensure fairness, all GED Testing Centers must adhere to the uniform testing standards specified by the American Council on Education, including adherence to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 or Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Local policies determine whether students must take all five tests in one day. Many locations divide the tests into two or more days, and testing sessions are not always consecutive.
Concerns Over GED Test Changes
Most agree that a GED is critical for career advancement, but some are speaking out and saying that recent changes to the GED test make it nearly impossible for people to take it. Â Beginning in 2014, GED Testing Services got rid of paper testing instead opting for computer tests. People I spoke with say that that change is hurting more than helping. Â At her house overlooking rural Bedford ...
Thousands pass GED in Georgia this year, but more drop out
More than 100,000 Georgians have passed the GED test in the past five years, certifying theyâ€™ve got the equivalent of a high school education - about 18,000 people a year on average. But thatâ€™s not nearly high enough, Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Ron Jackson told state legislators last week at the University of Georgiaâ€™s Biennial Institute for Legislators. â€œWeâ€™ll have about ...
GED orientation classes start in January
POSTED December 16, 2014 7:03 p.m. Barton Community Collegeâ€™s Center for Adult Education will soon be starting its 9-week GED Preparation Class.
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Â More than 100,000 Georgians have passed the GED test in the past five years, certifying theyâ€™ve got the equivalent of a high school education - about 18,000 people a year on average. Â But thatâ€™s not nearly high enough, Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Ron Jackson told state legislators last week at the University of Georgiaâ€™s Biennial Institute for Legislators. Â â€œWeâ€™ll have ...
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Elmer Price helps Martha Brooks with her assignment Coastal Carolina Community College Friday morning. She is working on completing her General Educational Development test. The current version of the GED, expires at the end of 2013 and will be replaced by a new 2014 test.
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COOS BAY â€” The Transitional Education Department, a college and career preparation program at Southwestern Oregon Community College, will be offering GED exam preparation, college and career pâ€¦
Number of equivalency diplomas increases after switch from GED to HiSet
KINGSPORT â€” As the adult education program of Kingsport and Sullivan County has transitioned from the GED to HiSet program, the number of high school equivalency diplomas issued is growing compared to this point last year.Debi Tabor, supervisor of adult education for Kingsport City Schools and overseer of the Kingsport/Sullivan County program, told the Board of Education at its Dec. 4 meeting ...
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