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Facts and Statistics About the GED Test

Do you want to know more about the GED (General Education Development) test? Here are a few facts and statistics about the GED.

The GED was created in 1942. The purpose of the test is to certify that the person has obtained the minimum level of education needed to prepare him or her for a job or entry into a college. The subjects covered on the test include science, mathematics, social studies, and language arts in writing and reading. To qualify to take the test, you must be at least 17 years of age, have not graduated from high school, have been out of school for one year, and a United States or Canadian citizen.

Approximately 15 million people have taken the GED exam since it was developed. About 1 in 7 high school students and 1 in 20 college students have GEDs. There are several reasons people fail to obtain a high school diploma including immigration from another country, personal problems such as pregnancy, medical problems, home schooled, inability to pass high school, and lack of interest in continuing to attend school. About 70% of people who get GEDs completed the 10th grade and the average age of recipients is 24.
The GED can be taken in Spanish, French, and English. To accommodate the visually-impaired, the test is available in large print, Braille, and audio.