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General Educational Development

The General Educational Development certificate (GED) is a secondary school certificate that allows those who leave high school early to obtain a credential by passing a battery of tests that cover five subject areas: reading, writing, mathematics, social studies, and science. The tests are designed at a level of difficulty such that about 60 percent of graduating high school seniors are able to pass the entire battery. GED certification has grown dramatically in the United States, and is recognized by many institutions as a high school equivalency degree. The academic literature on the benefits of a GED, however, provides extensive evidence that a GED does not offer the same benefits as a regular diploma.

The tests are developed and administered by the American Council on ...

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