Ged Information

Written by Ingrid Chen
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The purpose of a General Education Development (GED) test is to provide an individual with a high school diploma equivalency. Established in 1942 to help World War II veterans re-enter the workforce with the right credentials, GEDs can now be pursued by anyone who did not complete high school.

Why Pursue a GED?

Whether you're looking to start a job towards a career or to apply for college, GED holders tend to maintain a significant advantage over those without the same certificate of merits. In the past, the image of a GED might not have been taken as seriously as it is now. This is, perhaps, because of the progression of the GED test into a rigorous and thorough examination of language, history and science aptitude.

Due to economic fluxes in the past decade and the need to keep up with the business and financial worlds, the GED has developed into more of a business-based test as well as the normal subjects. The GED is also now structured so that an individual who has been out of school for a while is not at a major disadvantage to an individual who was just recently in school. Still, the same five basic subjects are tested: reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies (history).

Studying for the GED should be a diligent process to be taken seriously. Because of the range of topics and the extensive nature of the test itself, experts estimate that one should study at least two hours a day, five days a week for several weeks leading up to the test. Testing centers are widely available throughout the nation, as are GED preparation courses and educational resources.

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