General Educational Development [GED] Law and Legal Definition

Without a high school diploma, a student in the U.S. will have a difficult time finding a job. The General Educational Development [GED] test is generally taken by students who have not completed high school. A student attends GED classes to receive a high school equivalency certificate. The American Council on Education developed the GED test. The test is always taken in person and is not available online.

Only people who are not GED graduates or high school graduates can take the GED test. GED tests consist of a group of five subject tests. The test certifies that the candidate has American high school-level academic skills. In order to pass the GED test, a candidate must score higher than sixty percent of graduating high school seniors nationwide. In some states, students must pass additional tests such as an English proficiency exam or a civics test.