Ged Textbooks

Written by Ingrid Chen
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GED, which stands for the test of General Educational Development, is a certification considered equal to a high school diploma. Created in 1942, the idea was to allow young war veterans the opportunity to complete secondary schooling without having to return to high school. Today, the same opportunity is provided not just to military individuals, but degree-seekers the world over.

Why Get a GED?

Some find particularly beneficial having a GED under their belts when applying for certain jobs or considering enrolling in higher education institutions. With an increasingly global society and growing economy, jobs are frequently offered in the administrative and business fields. However, in some cases employers will consider only those who have graduated from high school or hold a diploma equivalency certification. It may be possible to gain a position simply through an extensive amount of work experience in the desired field. However, for some highly sought-after positions, the competition may be tough, and non-graduates may be immediately "weeded out."

What's on the GED?

The GED focuses on five main subjects: math, science, social studies, and language arts in both reading and writing. Though these are subjects commonly covered in high schools, the tests are designed to make it fair for individuals who haven't attended school in quite some time, compared to those who recently left. The tests were also recently changed in January 2002 to be highly business-related.

In order to pass the GED, many individuals find that additional materials, courses, and other outside resources are key to efficient studying. There exist many textbooks that focus specifically on how to pass the GED. Specifically, these texts cover everything from the typical format of each subject test to mental training--a "how to" guide for mental preparation for testing.


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