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ERIC Number: ED314430
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Pages: 3
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The GED Testing Program. ERIC Digest.
Russell, Linda
The Tests of General Educational Development (GED Tests) are described. Developed in 1942 for military personnel who had not graduated from high school, the GED Tests enabled veterans to qualify for jobs or enter college. More than 10 million persons have earned GED Test diplomas since 1971. There are five parts to the GED Tests: (1) Writing Skills; (2) Social Studies; (3) Science; (4) Interpreting Literature and the Arts; and (5) Mathematics. Test questions are multiple choice, with the exception of part of the writing skills assessment. While no formal preparation is required, many people attend adult education classes before taking the GED Tests. Each participating state and province sets its own passing scores at or above a minimum level set by the American Council on Education. Tests are given regularly throughout the United States, Canada, and overseas. A small fee is charged and it is possible to retake the GED Tests in the event of failure. While the diploma is no guarantee of employment or college entrance, 92% of colleges and 96% of employers accept the GED Tests as the equivalent of a high school diploma. (SLD)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Tests, Measurement, and Evaluation, Washington, DC.; American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests