ERIC Number: ED109168
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: N/A
The Non-High-School-Graduate Adult in College and His Success as Predicted by the Tests of General Educational Development.
Sharon, Amiel T.
The primary use of the Tests of General Educational Development (GED) is to appraise the educational development of adults who have not completed their formal high school education. The significance of these tests for higher education lies in their extensive use in admission of non-high-school-graduate adults to college. This study has three major objectives: (1) To describe the background and experience of non-high-school-graduates who enroll in college on the basis of their GED scores; (2) To determine the validity of the GED battery for predicting the success of non-high-school graduates at a variety of institutions of higher education; and (3) to identify the advantages and problems created by granting admission to college by means of the GED tests. Results suggest that the GED tests are useful for the admission and guidance of college candidates who have not completed high school. If the academic achievement of a candidate as reflected by his GED test score is equivalent to that of formal high school graduates, he should be given serious consideration for admission to higher education. High school dropouts who score satisfactorily on the GED examinations are likely to earn college grades comparable to those earned by high school graduates who enroll in college. (Author/RC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: American Council on Education, Washington, DC. Commission on Accreditation of Service Experiences.
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests