Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

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Tests of General Educational Development

  • Ashley K. Hill
  • Kristin L. Johnson
  • Rik Carl D’Amato
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-56782-2_1497-2




Developed as a joint venture between the American Council on Education (ACE) and Pearson VUE, the General Educational Development (GED) test measures the academic skills and knowledge expected of graduates from high school and a product of the GED Testing Service. The GED is developed upon the philosophy that a core set of academic skills and knowledge is required for an adult to demonstrate readiness for particular vocational opportunities and enrollment in postsecondary education. The GED has three purposes which include providing a high school credential equivalent, providing information regarding an individual’s developmental strengths and weaknesses, and providing evidence of readiness for training programs. Thus, the GED test is intended to be administered to individuals who have not fulfilled the high school graduation requirements to receive a traditional high school diploma or participated in a nontraditional curriculum (e.g., home-schooled students)....

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References and Readings

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ashley K. Hill
    • 1
  • Kristin L. Johnson
    • 2
  • Rik Carl D’Amato
    • 3
  1. 1.Nationally Certified School PsychologistChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Applied Psychology and Counselor EducationUniversity of Northern ColoradoGreeleyUSA
  3. 3.School of PsychologyThe Chicago School of Professional PsychologyChicagoUSA