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ERIC Number: ED510136
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Preparation for and Performance on the GED[R] Test. GED Testing Service[R] Research Study, 2009-2. Executive Summary
McLaughlin, Joseph W.; Skaggs, Gary; Patterson, Margaret Becker
GED Testing Service
GED (General Educational Development) testing candidates have many options available to them to prepare for the GED Test, including adult education (AE) classes, practice tests, and self-study. This study focused on candidates who voluntarily took the GED Test and could choose freely among preparation activities. We examined GED Test preparation activities and created eight mutually exclusive test preparation profile groups: public school AE with or without a practice test, community college AE with or without a practice test, individual study with or without a practice test, practice test only, and none. The final sample included 90,032 U.S. candidates who completed the GED Test in 2004 and fell into one of the eight test preparation profile groups. Candidates in the study most often reported studying on their own without a practice test (29 percent) or studying in a public school AE program without a practice test (28 percent). A smaller proportion studied in a community college AE program without a practice test (13 percent) or did not prepare at all (14 percent). The public school and community college AE profile groups had mean GED scores 25 to 34 points higher for candidates who took a practice test. The individual study group means were 20 points higher for candidates who took a practice test. Among the profile groups, the group members who studied individually with a practice test and the none groups scored the highest on average. The lowest mean scores were observed in the group who indicated public school AE preparation without a practice test. All groups' content areas and battery mean scores were higher than the passing requirement (410 and 2,250, respectively). The group with the highest pass rate was the individual study with a practice test group, and the lowest pass rate was recorded for the public school AE without a practice test group. [For the full report, see ED510087.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; High School Equivalency Programs
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, GED Testing Service
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests