What Is A Ged

General Educational Development (or GED) tests are a battery of five tests which (when passed) certifies that the taker has American or Canadian high school-level academic skills. To pass the GED Tests and earn a GED credential, test takers must score higher than 40 percent of graduating high school seniors nationwide. Some jurisdictions require that students pass additional tests, such as an English proficiency exam or civics test.

The GED is sometimes referred to as a “General Equivalency Diploma” or “General Education Diploma,” although these expansions are not recognized by the American Council on Education, which developed the most widely used GED test. Jurisdictions award a “Certificate of General Educational Development” or similarly titled credential to persons who meet the passing score requirements. Among high schoolers, the test may be colloquially known as a “Good Enough Diploma”.

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 immigration to the United States or Canada, homeschooling, and leaving high school early due to a lack of interest, the inability to pass required courses, mandatory achievement tests, the need to work, or personal problems.

In addition to English, the GED Tests are available in Spanish, French, large print, audiocassette, and Braille. Tests and test preparation are routinely offered in correctional facilities and on military bases in addition to more traditional settings. Individuals living outside the United States, Canada, or U.S. territories may be eligible to take the GED Tests through private testing companies.

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