General Educational Development (GED)

General Educational Development (GED)

About General Educational Development (GED)

General Educational Development (or GED) tests are a group of five subject tests which, when passed, certify that the taker has American or Canadian high school-level academic skills. A number of other possible meanings for the initials GED have been used by those unaware of the actual meaning, such as General Education Diploma, General Equivalency Diploma or Graduate Equivalency Degree. All of these are incorrect. The American Council on Education is the sole developer for the GED test. The test is in person. 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 adult immigration to the United States or Canada, leaving high school early, the inability to pass required courses or mandatory achievement tests, the need to work, personal problems, and wanting to get into college early. More than 15 million people have received a

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