Inside the New GED Test

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  • New Test Readies for Today's Adult Education
  • What is the GED?
  • Out With the Old, In With the New
  • New Test Comes at a Higher Price
  • Are All States on Board for the New GED?
  • Preparation Upgrade
  • How Many People Take the GED?
  • How Many Americans Lack High School Education?
  • College Preparation Is Mandatory
  • Will a Harder GED Be Harder to Pass?
  • Where Can I Learn More About the New GED?

What Is the GED?

The General Education Development was created in 1942 to help World War II veterans who dropped out of high school. The original exam was divided into five parts: writing, reading, social studies, math and science. In most states, test takers must be 17 years or older to qualify for the exam.

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