The GED® testing programme serves the purpose of making it possible to earn the equivalent of a secondary school leaving certificate to facilitate employment or entry to further studies.
The term “GED” is a registered trademark of the American Council on Education (“ACE”), which is part owner of the GED Testing Service, who administers the GED® testing programme globally. A GED® test credential shows that the recipient has the same general level of academic achievement as a typical high school graduate.
The test is computer-based and is made up of four test subjects. The test includes written responses that assess the test-taker’s thinking and writing skills, known as “constructed response” items. To ensure the GED® continues to measure the content and skills included in the current high school curriculum, the GED® test undergoes regular review and revision.
GED Testing Service offers clear guidance on how to evaluate its graduates, including those who have passed the GED® test.
The GED® also offers a Readiness Assessment which determines whether or not you have the skills, or which skills you need to practice, in order to pass the GED® test. The GED® Readiness Assessment indicates the level of your skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, and in reading and writing. Click HERE to purchase a GED® Readiness Assessment voucher.
The GED® test is aligned to leading college-and career-readiness standards.
On successful completion of the GED® test, the learner will be issued a GED® High School Equivalency Credential issued by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education for Washington, DC.
The GED® test is accepted as an equivalent to a high school diploma by approximately 98% of colleges and universities in the U.S. and 95% of employers because they recognise the GED® test as a rigorous examination equal to or exceeding high school proficiency. The GED® test is aligned to the career and college readiness content standards in use throughout the U.S., and the test is standardised and normed using a national sample of recent high school graduates. In addition, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education in Washington DC has reviewed the test and determined that it meets their requirements in order to be granted a High School Equivalency Credential from Washington DC.