ERIC Number: ED399401
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
GED Candidates in Canada. A Report on the 1992 Canadian Candidate Survey. A GED Profile Research Report.
Baldwin, Janet; Qi, Sen
From September 1991 to June 1992, the General Educational Development (GED) Testing Service conducted a national survey of adults who took the GED Tests in Canada. The purpose of the study was to describe background characteristics, experiences, attitudes, and expectations of adults who took the GED Test. Findings indicated that the average age of adults who took the GED Test was 30; most were between the ages of 25 and 44. More than four in five were white and one in seven was nonwhite, similar to their proportions among all Canadians. Nearly two in three had completed the 10th grade or higher before leaving school. Their most important reasons for not completing school fell into six categories: critical judgments about school, home and family problems, marriage or pregnancy, employment-related reasons, social behavior, and academic problems. Nearly 9 in 10 candidates reported that they reviewed or studied in some way before they wrote the GED Tests. On average, Canadians studied for a total of 60 hours before taking the GED Tests, twice the amount of time reported by GED candidates in the United States. Nearly half (48 percent) reported they were employed for pay. Two in five reported household incomes, in Canadian dollars, of less than $20,000 per year. One in three planned to enroll in a two- or four-year college or university during the next year. Includes 13 tables and 3 figures. (appendixes contain 14 references, methodology, survey form, and survey administration information.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Educational Attainment, Educational Certificates, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, High School Equivalency Programs, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics
GED Fulfillment Service, P.O. Box 261, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC. GED Testing Service.
Identifiers - Location: Canada
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests