About the GED

  • The GED Tests allow people to prove what they know.
    • The GED Tests serve only one purpose – to certify a high school-level of academic knowledge and skills.
    • Every state and Canadian province recognizes that passing the GED Tests demonstrates the knowledge and skills of a high school graduate.


    The GED Tests offer an opportunity for people to grow.

    • Ninety-seven percent of colleges and universities accept the GED credential as equivalent to a traditional high school diploma.
    • Kansas issues a Kansas State High School Diploma upon successful GED completion.
    • More than one in 20 first-year college students in the U.S. are GED graduates
    • More than 90% of U.S. employers consider those who earned their GED diploma the same as traditional high school graduates with regard to hiring, salary and opportunity for advancement.
    • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, those who have a high school diploma including those with a GED diploma, earn $7,400 more a year than those who did not graduate from high school. This difference represents a 35% increase in median annual earnings.


    GED Testers reflect the mosaic of America

    • There is no single characteristic that typifies GED candidates. GED candidates come from a myriad of backgrounds – working adults, young parents, entrepreneurs, immigrants, senior citizens, and displaced workers.
    • Typically, candidates have a long involvement in traditional educational programs before taking the GED Tests. More than two-thirds of the GED candidates completed the 10th grade or higher in a traditional high school program, and more than one-third completed the 11th grade or higher.
    • GED candidates left school for a variety of reasons, frequently because of marriage, pregnancy or the need to support their family.
    • Two of every three adults who take the GED Tests plan to obtain additional education or training.