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GED Information

An estimated 14.7 million adults worldwide have earned GED credentials since 1949.

There have been five generations of GED® Tests; the original GED®  Tests released in 1942, the 1978 series, the 1988 series, the 2002 series, and the current series released in 2014. While the academic content areas in which candidates are assessed--English language arts (literature/reading), social studies, science, and mathematics--have not changed, the priorities and assumptions by which proficiency in these priorities and assumptions by which proficiency in these areas is assessed have evolved. Since the GED® Tests assess academic skills and knowledge typically developed in a four-year program of high school education, it is of utmost importance to the GED Testing Service that the GED®  Tests continue to evolve as secondary education evolves.

The GED®  2014 Test is the only nationally recognized high school equivalency exam. The battery of tests cover the core academic areas of language arts, social studies, science, and mathematics. In addition, GED®  candidates can expect to encounter  evidence-based writing, and business-related and adult-context information texts across all four tests.

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GED candidates must successfully:

  • read and interpret fiction and nonfiction from a variety of sources on the Reasoning through Language Arts Test;
  • answer a variety of questions about civics and government, United States history, Economics, and Geography and the world on the Social Studies Test;
  • answer a variety of questions on three major domains: Life science, Physical science, and Earth and space science on the Science Test;
  • use a calculator with Part I of the Mathematical Reasoning Test, then complete Part II without the use of a calculator,
  • answer computer-based item types, such as extended response, drag-and-drop, drop-down, fill-in-the-blank, hot spot, short answer, and multiple choice.

To Register for the GED® exam, go to http://ged.com.

Testing Adults with Disabilities

The GED®  Testing Program has long provided accommodations to candidates with disabilities and is committed to compliance with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In an effort to make GED®  Tests accessible to all applicants, accommodations are made for candidates with diagnosed physical, mental, sensory, or learning disabilities who can provide appropriate documentation from a qualified professional of their impairment and its effect on their ability to take the GED®  Tests under standard conditions.

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