Ged Requirements

Written by Ingrid Chen
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In order to finish a high school education not yet complete, it is imperative to obtain a GED (General Educational Development) certification. The GED was created in 1942 for World War II veterans. Just as for the veterans in the past, the GED test provides a means for most anyone who did not finish secondary school to complete the courses and testing necessary for graduation.

Why Get a GED?

Job opportunities nowadays oftentimes require or highly recommend having a high school diploma or equivalent in order to be considered for candidacy. This applies as well to college applications. Fortunately, 95 percent of employers and college admissions officials accept the GED certification with the same weight as a high school diploma.

Though there are some universal requirements for taking the GED, some of the testing standards vary from location to location. In most places, individuals must be at least 16 years old and not enrolled presently in high school. Those pursuant of the GED must also not have graduated from high school. Otherwise, age, residency and time absent from school may vary according to where the test takes place.

In order to actually pass the test, one must achieve a score which places them in at least the 60th percentile. That means the individual's score is equal to or higher than 60 percent of comparable high school graduates. Most individuals, especially those who have not attended school for quite some time, need personal study time before actually taking the test so as to be familiar enough with the test subjects to pass. Though complete self-study is certainly possible and recommended, it may also be advisable to employ outside help, such as that of a counselor or study courses.


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