History of the GED Tests
- 1942: American Council on Education® (ACE) was commissioned to measure high school instructional outcomes for military personnel and veterans who had not completed high school.
- 1947: New York became first state to make tests available to non-veteran adults.
- 1974: GED credential issued in all 50 U.S. states.
- There have been four GED Tests Series
- 1942 Series
- 1978 Series
- 1988 Series
- 2002 Series
- 2014 Series
Who Accepts the GED Credential
- 98% of colleges and universities that require a high school diploma accept the GED credential. (Annual Survey of Colleges 2007. Copyright ® 2007. The College Board.)
- 96% of companies accept applicants with a GED credential for jobs requiring a high school degree. (Society for Human Resource Management, 2002)
Renowned GED Credential Recipients
- Ruth Ann Minner, Governor of Delaware
- Mary Lou Retton, Olympic Medal-Winner
- Dave Thomas, Founder of Wendy's
- F. Story Musgrave, NASA Shuttle Astronaut
- Bill Cosby, Comedian and Actor
- Honorable Greg Mathis, U.S. District Court Judge
- Gretchen Wilson, Country Music Musician
- Richard Carmona, Former U.S. Surgeon General
- Michael J. Fox, Actor and Advocate
- Wally Amos, Founder of Famous Amos Cookies