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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.
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GED testing centers work through tough changes
Education GED testing centers work through tough changes For the past year, local General Education Development (GED) testing centers have worked to prepare students for a changed test. Krystle Wagner Northwest Ottawa County Feb 27, 2015 (function(e,t){if(t._ym===void 0){t._ym="";var m=e.createElement("script");m.type="text/javascript",m.async=!0,m.src="//static.yieldmo.com/ym.m5.js",(e ...

Should GED lead to a diploma? District considers changing policy to help outcomes
Maryland and 12 other states already grant GED diplomas; the District is considering a move to help test takers.

GED challenges both students and teachers
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports that a more rigorous high school equivalence exam unveiled in 2014 has considerably challenged Milwaukee students academically, according to participation and performance data.

Thousands Fewer Take Or Pass New, More Difficult GED Test
Tahare McFarlin is desperate to get her GED. She's 37, working part time at Walmart and struggling with her bills, but she has dreams for another kind of life.

Tougher GED means fewer earn equivalency diploma
Across the state and nation, the number of students receiving high school equivalency diplomas plummeted in 2014 after the launch of a rigorous new exam.

Ged Nash says forum on living wage to be set up
New low pay committee to be set up to discuss potential living wage campaign

Are You Qualified For A GED Test Scholarship?
Adult GED students often juggle family, job, and classes to get that high school-equivalency diploma. And then there’s the cost of the test. Dallas – based Atmos Energy has started picking up the tab.

Community Briefs: Register now for GED prep
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Fewer people take, pass new GED tests
By Lori Higgins Detroit Free Press DETROIT | A year after the GED exam underwent a massive overhaul — one that made it far more difficult but more in line with what’s expected of today’s high school grads — there has been a steep drop in people taking and passing the test. Preliminary numbers from the GED Testing Service estimate that 90,000 people nationwide earned the General Educational ...

Local teens and adults take GED test
According to the GED Testing Service, 540,000 people passed the GED Test in 2014.  The latest numbers showed 2015 with a 90 percent drop, at just 55,000 passing nationally.  Still, some people in Kentucky are making personal progress.   Devin Ross is 16 years old.  He said he left Dunbar High School in Lexington in November because it was not a healthy learning environment for him.   "Everybody ...