GED Test Challenges

While the majority of college and employers accept the GED certificate as though it were a high school diploma, a select few don’t. One of the main criticisms leveled at the GED program is that the test is not as difficult as it used to be. The GED is designed to certify that a person has obtained the same level of education as a person who has a high school diploma. However, some employers feel the test is too easy and, therefore, see the GED as being inferior to a high school diploma.

On the other end of the issue, there are some people who feel the GED test is too difficult. The test changed in 2003. Because of this, less people passed in 2003 than they did in 2002. Some see this as evidence that the test is much harder than it used to be. Some statistics show that the GED test has a 70% incomplete and 30% fail rate, which many say also attests to the difficulty of the exam.

Another criticism of the GED test is about its format. The test consists mostly of multiple choice questions but critics think it should consist of a variety of test question formats including essay, short answer, oral exam, and true-false. They also say the reading comprehension is too simple and there are little to no advanced algebra or geometry questions. However, the test is constantly being updated, so future GED exams may address these issues.