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GED Facts

Facts About GED’s

One out of every seven high school diplomas issued each year in the United States is based on passing the GED Tests. Here is an interesting collection of facts about GED’s:

  • The GED (General Educational Development) Tests are a battery of five separate tests that reflect the core ingredients found in a high school curriculum. Subject areas are: writing, social studies, science, literature and arts, and mathematics.
  • By passing the GED Tests, a person earns a high school equivalency diploma.
  • The GED Tests are produced by the GED Testing Service of the America Council on Education, a non-profit agency, not the federal government.
  • More than 775,000 adult women and men of all races and backgrounds took the tests in 2008. Roughly 500,000 earned diplomas based on passing the tests and 66% planned further study. On the Eastern Shore, over 160 adults passed the tests last year.
  • In developing the tests, a thorough and rigorous process is used, relying heavily on the experience of high school teachers and curriculum specialists.
  • GED graduates are distinguishable from dropouts. By passing the tests, they document that they have the same level of academic knowledge and skills as traditional high school graduates.
  • The program provides a vehicle for GED graduates to pursue opportunities often closed to people who haven’t earned a diploma.
  • More than 95 percent of U.S. employers consider GED graduates the same as traditional high school graduates in regard to hiring, salary, and opportunity for advancement. More than 98 percent of colleges and universities that require a high school diploma accept the GED credential.
  • GED graduates include: comedian Bill Cosby, actor Christian Slater, former Delaware Governor Ruth Ann Minner, andformer U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell of Colorado.

Click here to learn more about getting your GED right here on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.