GED Statistics

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This article contains facts and statistics about the GED, including pass-rate, nation-wide use and date of creation.
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  • Certifies that the test taker is competent at a high school level.

Subjects Covered:

  • Language Arts: Reading
  • Language Arts: Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies

To Qualify for the GED:

  • Non-high school graduates
  • 17 years of age or more
  • United States or Canadian citizen

Number of People with Certification:

  • 1 in 7 high school students
  • 1 in 20 college students
  • Total: 15 million since inception

Common Reasons GED is received:

  • Immigration
  • Home-school
  • Lack of interest in high school
  • Lack of ability to pass high school
  • Personal/Financial problems

Education Level of Recipients:

  • 70 percent of GED recipients complete at least the 10th grade
  • Average Age of GED recipients: 24

Languages Offered:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • Large Print
  • Audiocassette
  • Braille

Year Developed:

  • 1942

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