The General Education Development (GED) test was originally developed to help World War II veterans return to civilian life by giving them a way to assert their educational development without having to return to high school. It continues to this day to function in a similar way by establishing that a person possesses a level of education equivalent to a high school diploma. In fact, anyone who has obtained a high school diploma cannot take the GED. The test has five different parts to it: Mathematics; Social Studies; Science; Language Arts, Reading; and Language Arts/Writing. The last part of the test includes a written essay.
Currently the GED is only offered in pencil and paper format, but the American Council on Education is planning to offer a computer-based format starting in 2014. More information is available on The Truth about GED Testing Online webpage.
Each jurisdiction establishes its own dates for offering the the GED, so be sure to check with your local testing authority for the definite dates.
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General Education Development tests are designed and administered by the American Council on Education, which has test centers located across the country, as well as a web site with information about the test.
These all have different schedules and run to the beat of their own drum as far as administration goes; however, the content is the same, as are the skills required to pass the tests.
If you are interested in taking the GED, then the first step is to find a testing location nearby. This can be done by calling the ACE test location service, at (800) 626-9433. Alternately, there is an oline search by zip code, or you may contact your local GED administrator. Contact information for GED administrators may be found on the ACE website by navigating to the previous link.
There are a number of accommodations ACE will make for test-takers, some of which include offering the GED in foreign languages and for the visually impaired/hearing impaired.
by Alanna Traylor
Last Updated: 12/06/2013