An estimated 14.7 million adults worldwide have earned GED credentials since 1949.
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--English language arts (literature/reading), social studies, science, and mathematics--have not changed, the priorities and assumptions by which proficiency in these 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 of utmost importance to the GED Testing Service that the GED Tests continue to evolve as secondary education evolves.
The 2002 Series GED Tests cover the core academic areas of language arts (reading and writing), social studies, science, and mathematics. GED candidates will continue to compose In addition, GED candidates can expect to encounter more business-related and adult-context information texts across all five tests.
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GED candidates must successfully:
- read and interpret fiction and nonfiction, prose, poetry and drama from a variety of cultures and time periods on the Language Arts, Reading Test;
- complete a timed, well-organized essay on an assigned topic as part of the Language Arts, Writing Test;
- answer questions about at least one excerpt from the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, the Federalist Papers, or a landmark Supreme Court decision on the Social Studies Test;
- select the best way to set up an experiment, interpret others' results, analyze experimental flaws, apply scientific conclusions to their personal lives, and use the work of renowned scientists to explain everyday global scientific issues on the Science Test;
- use a calculator with Part I of the Mathematics Test, then complete Part II without the use of a calculator.
Testing Adults with Disabilities
The GED Testing Program has long provided accommodations to candidates with disabilities and is committed to compliance with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In an effort to make GED Tests accessible to all applicants, accommodations are made for candidates with diagnosed physical, mental, sensory, or learning disabilities who can provide appropriate documentation from a qualified professional of their impairment and its effect on their ability to take the GED Tests under standard conditions.