The first GED, which stands for General Education Development, was developed in 1942 to measure the major outcomes and concepts generally associated with four years of high school education. Initiated by the United States Armed Forces Institute (USAFI), the original tests were administered only to military personnel so that returning World War II veterans could more easily pursue their educational, vocational, and personal goals. Today, Millions of people like you are now taking the GED Tests to get a better job, continue their education, or fulfill their personal aspirations.
Many people who did not finish high school have the same knowledge and skills as those who did graduate. Adults that did not receive a high school diploma are eligible to take a series of five tests in Language Arts Writing, Social Studies, Science, Language Arts Reading, and Mathematics. If the adult passes all five series then they will receive a GED diploma, which certifies that they have a clear understanding of basic high school level knowledge and comprehension. Adults that are 18 and older or plan to turn 18 within 60 days of the exam are eligible to take the five series of exams.
To date, there have been four generations of GED Tests: the original GED Tests released in 1942, the 1978 series, the 1988 series, and the current series released in 2002. While the academic content areas in which candidates are assessed, which include English language arts (reading/writing), social studies, science, and mathematics, have not changed, the priorities and assumptions by which proficiency in these areas is assessed have evolved. Since the GED Tests assess academic skills and knowledge typically developed in a four-year program of high school education, it is important to the GED Testing Service that the GED Tests continue to evolve as secondary education evolves.
Most colleges and employers accept a GED credential as being equivalent to a high school diploma. Each year, individuals just like you are able to receive their GED diploma to show the world that they do have the knowledge and skill set to succeed in life.