Ged Curriculum

Written by Ingrid Chen
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Created in 1942, the GED (General Educational Development) test was designed as a means for war veterans to obtain the necessary qualifications for high school graduation. This certification was essential, as it is today, for pursuing certain career opportunities as well as applying to institutions of higher education. The GED process is overseen by the Center for Adult Learning and Education Credentials, the original supervisor since the creation of the GED.

The tests are based on five main subjects: language arts in reading, language arts in writing, mathematics, science and social studies. These subjects have stayed relatively similar during the 60 plus years of its existence. However, the GED is reconstructed periodically to keep up with present educational and business standards. Also taken into consideration is the fact that many GED test-takers have not attended school for quite some time. The tests are thus based around interpreting and executing everyday business, financial, and personal experiences.

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The writing section contains two sections. The first is an interpretational exam, which tests one's skills in analyzing and understanding documents and correspondence. This is mostly business based (emails, meeting notes, work policies, applications and the like). The second part requires the tester to compose essays of a chosen "how to topic," such as securing a job or composing a resume. These essays are graded on a four-point scale.

The social studies section contains a mix of various sub-topics. These include knowledge of world and U.S. history; the inner workings of civics and government; economics (business, finance, production and globalization); and geography, testing regions, environment, human systems and the uses of geography. Science is divided into three sections: physical science, life science, and earth and space science. Though some are factually based questions, many answers can be gathered from daily experiences.

The math section requires a general knowledge of equations and diagram interpretation. Half of the test is taken with the help of a calculator, while the other half is not. Testing individuals can also refer to list of formulas for aid in answering and interpreting questions. Using these tools and their own knowledge, individuals are expected to figure basic calculations and applications. These questions often revolve around business and financial questions.


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