A Closer Look

Examining the G.E.D. as a Stepping Stone to a College Degree

The GED Testing Service administered the GED in its most recent form until 2014.  The test has gone through another set of changes and is now administered by Pearson VUE and the American Council on Education (ACE).

The GED Testing Service reported that 95 percent of colleges accept the GED in the same way they accept a high school diploma.

U.S. Census data indicate that in of the 16.9 adult G.E.D. earners in 2009, only 43% went on to complete some postsecondary coursework, with only five percent earning a bachelor’s degree or a higher degree.  By comparison, 73% of high school graduates from that year went on to complete some postsecondary coursework with 33% earning a bachelor’s degree or a higher degree.

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Works Cited

Ewert, S. U.S. Department of Commerce.  United States Census Bureau.  Random Samplings: The official blog of the U.S, Census Bureau.  GED Recipients Have Lower Earnings, are Less Likely to Enter College. http://blogs.census.gov/2012/02/27/ged-recipients-have-lower-earnings-are-less-likely-to-enter-college/

G.E.D. Testing Service®.  2002 Series GED® Test FAQ’s . http://www.gedtestingservice.com/testers/faqs-test-taker

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