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GED (General Educational Development)

The General Educational Development (GED) credential is a credential that individuals in the United States and Canada who have not received a regular high school diploma may pursue. The GED was introduced in 1942 in the United States as a credential for World War II veterans who entered the military before completing high school. However, by the end of the 1950s, more nonveterans were taking the test than veterans. The GED test has been revised three times to keep it more current with educational requirements and job skills. It is a battery of five tests that takes approximately 7 hours to complete. The GED tests aptitude in four subjects: language arts, mathematical reasoning, science, and social studies. The 2002 revision made the test more difficult, ...

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