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To register to take the 2014 GED tests go to www.gedready.com.  Good luck!

We’ve received all the videos we can handle right now, so we’re closing the video submission site. Don’t worry though—all videos are available on the GED Testing Service® YouTube channel, and any recently submitted videos will be posted there soon. We have more than 50 “Profiles” videos for you to watch.

The “Profiles of Success” program was an opportunity for graduates of the GED® testing program to tell their story in their own words. Millions of Americans drop out of school every year, but these GED® test-takers found that the program gave them the opportunity to return to school, apply for training, attend college and find better careers. Hear these success stories at www.YouTube.com/GEDtestingservice.


By The Numbers

Seven Hours Can Change A Life

Average amount of additional money an adult with a high school credential earns compared to an adult without a credential, over the course of a lifetime.

19 hours
The average amount of time a GED® test-taker needs to study for the GED® test.

7 hours
The average amount of time it takes to complete the entire GED® test.

Seven hours isn’t a large investment of time, when it comes to education. Earning a GED® test credential in just seven hours can be a life-changing opportunity personally, professionally, and economically. The payout over a test-taker’s life is significant. Besides more money, earning a credential gives a test-taker greater pride, satisfaction, and opportunity.

By making the seven hour commitment to take the GED® test, the average test-passer will earn $403,000 more in their lifetime, compared to someone without a credential. That’s a good return on investment.

Key Findings

What happens to GED® test-passers who go on to college? American Council on Education has completed two new research studies that focus on the effects of a GED® test credential. The first research paper’s central theme is the labor market impact of the GED® credential; the second is postsecondary transitions of GED® test-passers to college.

Want to find the new research, or browse past studies?

  1. Go to www.GEDtest.org
  2. Click on Publications & Research
  3. Scroll down and click on Research
  4. Select the research paper you want

Here is a short synopsis of the two new research papers, and one that is still underway:

Labor Market Impacts of the GED® Test Credential on High School Dropouts: Longitudinal Evidence from NLSY97 (2011-2)
Does having a GED® test credential help recipients earn higher wages over time? After high school dropouts obtain their GED® test credentials, do they use the credential to further their career development or change occupations? Using 12 rounds of annual survey data from the National Longitudinal Study of Youth (1997), this second new labor market impact paper looks into the effect of earning a GED® test credential on high school dropout hourly wages and hours of work across time. It also examines the occupational change patterns of GED® test credential recipients, compared with those of high school dropouts.
Journeys Through College (1): Postsecondary Transitions and Outcomes of GED® Test Passers (2011)
When adults with GED® test credentials start college, their transitions and experiences may differ from traditional high school graduates. Or do they? This paper uses data from the Beginning Postsecondary Students longitudinal study 04/09 (National Center for Education Statistics) to compare statistics on beginning postsecondary students with GED® test credentials or with traditional high school diplomas. One of the main findings is that within six years of starting college, about one-third of GED® test passers graduated and half left college with no degree (versus half and one-third of traditional high school graduates, respectively). A second Journeys through College paper describing their experiences in college will be posted on the website in early October.
Coming Soon: GED® Testing in Correctional Centers
In 2010, nearly 75,000 incarcerated individuals, or about 10 percent of all test-takers, took the GED® test in the United States. A new summary reports on test center level correctional testing for the first time in the history of the GED® testing program. The purpose of the summary is to identify the extent of GED® test-taking exclusive to correctional centers, as well as key demographic characteristics and performance trends of incarcerated test-takers during the first nine years of the 2002 Series GED® Tests. Testing occurred in more than 1,730 centers, including 1,022 local correctional centers, 524 state prisons, and 188 juvenile detention centers. The summary will be posted on the website in early October.