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Many people who did not finish high school have knowledge and skills comparable to people who did graduate.  Most employers, colleges and universities, and the military accept a GED certificate as being equivalent to a high school diploma.  Each year, more than 10,000 Missouri residents earn their GED.

General Educational Development (or GED) tests are a battery of five tests which (when passed) certifies that the taker has high school-level academic skills. The test is a battery of five multiple-choice tests that ask questions about subjects covered in high school.  The exam covers reading, mathematics, social studies, science and writing skills. The writing skills portion includes a 200-word essay.  The exam takes about 7 hours to complete.  To pass the GED tests and earn a GED credential, test-takers must score higher than 40 percent of graduating high school seniors nationwide.

Only individuals who are at least 16 years old and are no longer enrolled in high school are eligible to take the GED tests. The tests were originally created to help veterans after World War II return to civilian life. Common reasons for GED recipients not having received a high school diploma include immigration to the United States, home schooling, and leaving high school early due to a lack of interest, the inability to pass required courses, mandatory achievement tests, the need to work, personal problems, etc.

More than 15 million people have received a GED credential since the program began. One in every seven Americans with high school credentials received the GED, as well as 1 in 20 college students. Seventy percent of GED recipients complete at least the 10th grade before leaving school, and the same number are over the age of 19, with the average age being 24.

In addition to English, the GED Tests are available in Spanish, French, large print, audiocassette, and braille. Tests and test preparation are routinely offered in adult education programs, career centers and other settings, such as correctional facilities and on military bases.

We welcome you to browse this website for more information and to contact Ms. Courtnay Whitney, Director of Adult Education or  Ms. Becky Steele, Coordinator of Adult Education, North Central Missouri College, 1301 Main Street,Trenton MO 64683 (660) 359-3622 ext. 12 or 17.  Email cwhitney@mail.ncmissouri.edu or bsteele@mail.ncmissouri.edu.


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