Flunking the GED

When the GED (General Education Development) exam got tougher, the number taking the high school equivalency test went way down. But, for those who tried, the pass rate went up slightly. The new tests has fewer multiple-choice questions.

The number who took the General Educational Development program, or GED, dropped 43.6 percent in 2002, the first full year of the new test series, according to the GED Testing Service report released Monday. It said many GED candidates had rushed to take the old test before new standards were implemented.

. . . Still, the percentage of those who passed the revamped test rose marginally, from 68.6 percent in 2001, the last of the old tests, to 70.6 percent in 2002.

Test-takers in 2002 improved in reading, and had the most trouble with math.

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  1. Keep making it tougher, and maybe it’ll be worth something soon. That would rule.

  2. I myself consider a GED more impressive than a high school diploma, in that it takes more than just showing up to actually get one.

    By the way, has anyone done a follow-up study on the other students in Dave Thomas’s (founder of the Wendy’s chain) GED class? They voted him most likely to succeed, but I have this Panglossian fantasy that they were inspired to go forth and make something of themselves.