Ged Testing

Written by Ingrid Chen
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The General Education Development (GED) test is a credential considered equal to a high school diploma. The GED system was established in 1942 as a means for World War II veterans who had left high school early to complete the diploma equivalency. This was (and still is) considered a great advantage when applying in a competitive field for jobs. The Center for Adult Learning and Education Credentials, the founder of the GED, has overseen the system since its creation.

What You Will Find on the GED Tests

GED testing covers five basic topics: language arts in writing, language arts in reading, mathematics, science and social studies. Though the subjects have essentially remained the same over its more than 60 years of existence, the tests are periodically updated to keep pace with present educational standards. Its most recent change in January of 2002 established a more business-based format than the tests prior.

Since many jobs nowadays are in the business sector, it is essential to have the skills to be able to interpret and respond to memos, emails, and other business-based correspondence. GED testing relates to "real-life" situations as much as possible, in order to provide testing individuals with the skills necessary to survive in our economy.

Beyond the writing and reading skills, individuals are also tested on areas of science (physical science, life science and earth and space science), as well as basic math interpretation and calculator usage. Social studies are a part of the testing as well, covering U.S. history, world history, ancient civilizations and government, as well as geography and international relations.

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