what does ged stand for

What Does GED Stand For? 

What does GED stand for? GED was originally an acronym for Test of General Educational Development. Let's read more about it!

January 1, 2022

What does GED stand for? 

GED was originally an acronym for Test of General Educational Development, but the term GED has been used exclusively since 2011. The GED exam is made up of four subject tests that students can take to demonstrate their high school academic knowledge. Because receiving a GED diploma from your state is equivalent to receiving a high school diploma in the United States, any students who are unable to complete a traditional high school program may choose to take this certification exam.

What is the GED Test?

Maybe you hear different meanings of GED like Graduate Equivalent Degree or General Educational Diploma. However, the GED traditionally stands for the General Educational Development Test.

You will receive a diploma as soon as graduating from high school. A diploma is a document indicating that you have completed all the courses required for graduation. Some high school students are about to finish and earn their diplomas but don’t get them done. In those cases, students can take a series of tests to show if they have a high school education. This is called the GED test.

The GED test covers four subjects: math, science, social studies, and language arts. Each test tests students’ knowledge of topics covered in a typical high school classroom, from history and government to life sciences and algebra. The tests are done on computers at the GED test center. The tests come in a variety of answer formats, such as multiple-choice, short answers, and fill-in-the-blank.

Benefits of the GED Program

It is not always possible to obtain a high school diploma, but an equivalent can be obtained. When it comes to choosing between obtaining a GED and not obtaining a diploma at all, obtaining a GED is almost always the better option. While a GED diploma does not provide as many advantages as a high school diploma, it does provide employment and educational opportunities that would not otherwise be available.

An Alternative to Traditional School

Sometimes completing high school is very difficult. For those who have struggled with the traditional learning method, are having trouble in high school, or have dropped out, a GED diploma helps them continue without a high school diploma. 

Employment Opportunities

To discourage high school dropouts and make sure that applicants have a basic skill set, there are some entry-level jobs that require employees to have a high school diploma or equivalent. People with a GED diploma are more likely to be employed full-time than those without a diploma according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS estimates the unemployment rate for those with less than a diploma at 12.7% compared with 8.3% for those with a diploma. Even if a GED or a traditional diploma isn’t necessary to advance in a job, earning a GED can help employees get promoted because of the hard work and knowledge needed to pass the test.


Actually, people with a GED diploma are not likely to earn as much as those with a traditional high school diploma. Census found that those with a GED diploma earn on average $3,100 per month, $700 more per month than those with only some high school, and $1,000 more per month than those with only elementary school. Not only are GED holders eligible for more job opportunities than those without a diploma, but the knowledge, skills, and discipline required to obtain a GED are transferable to the workplace, helping GED holders keep their jobs and advance in the workplace.

Additional Education

A GED diploma is required to enter technical schools, enroll in college, and participate in other career-oriented training programs according to the “Barron’s GED: High School Equivalency Exam,”. Even if you have already gotten a job, it can be difficult to get the training and certifications needed to advance in your company if you don’t have a GED diploma.

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Where can I take my GED test?

GED exams are administered in person at an official GED test center, but online testing may also be available. Each state has many certified locations where you can come and take your tests. You will need to schedule an online test time at GED.com before you can take the test. To prepare for your tests, you can take local GED classes, live online classes, and view practice tests, quizzes, and test previews.

Let’s take our free GED practice test 2023 to well prepare for your coming exam!

What a GED can do for you?

If you pass the GED exam, you will be received state recognition that you have a high school education.

If you hope to get a better job or a higher degree, the GED is recognized and accepted by most United States colleges, employers, and universities. Passing the GED exam can give you a better job opportunity in the future. And don’t think you’re alone in preparing or wanting to earn your GED: there are 20 million GED graduates around the world.

Who can take the GED exam?

To take the GED, you cannot enroll in high school and must be 16 years of age or older. If you meet these standards, you can take the GED exam.

Can I take my GED test online at home?

Online GED testing is now available in most states! Take the online GED test on your own time, at home with online testing.

What does it take to Take the Online GED Test?

– Computer, Webcam, Internet: You need a computer with a webcam and reliable internet. Run a system check to make sure your computer meets the requirements.

– Private workspace: The room should have four walls, closed doors, and no distractions.

– Government-issued ID: We will verify your government-issued ID when you register for the test.

– GED Ready ‘Green’ Score: You must have taken the GED Ready practice test and scored ‘green’ within the last 60 days for each subject you want to take online.

Can I use a calculator for the GED?

You can bring your own calculator to take the GED test and use it on the Social Studies test, the Science test, and Part 2 of the Math Reasoning test.

You may use your own computer under the following conditions:

  • This is an on-screen TI-30XS calculator.
  • You put it in a secure locker before starting the GED test.
  • You take it and return to your seat within three minutes of the newly introduced break between Part 1 and Part 2 of the Mathematical Reasoning test.

What is the highest you can score on a GED test?

The maximum score that can be obtained in four modules is 800 and you must earn no less than 580 points across the board. The four tests can be taken separately so a score of 580 is only good if you score 145 for each of the four sections.

How much does GED cost?

The GED Ready® practice test costs $6.99 per subject or $22.99 for all subjects combined (Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies).

Can You Use a Calculator on the GED Math Test?

For the GED exam, you may use a calculator. You can, however, only use one type: the TI-30XS Multiview Scientific Calculator. This calculator is included with your test and is displayed as a digital version, so you don’t need to buy or bring it with you.

What time should I arrive on test day?

For those taking the exam in person at a Test Center:

You must arrive at the testing center at least 15 minutes before your scheduled GED test time. If you arrive more than 15 minutes after your scheduled appointment time, you may be denied admission and your test fee may be forfeited.

Those who are eligible to take the GED Online Exam:

You must arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled GED test appointment. For a complete tutorial of the online test experience, visit our Take the Online GED Test page. You can also run a system test here to ensure that your computer meets the requirements.

What should I bring on the test day?

For those taking the exam in person at a Test Center:

On test day, you must bring a non-expired, government-issued photo ID and the option of bringing a TI-30XS handheld calculator.

Will I have to remember math formulas?

For those taking the exam in person at a Test Center:

You will not be required to memorize formulas for your GED exam. On test day, you will be able to use the Formula Reference sheet.

Those who are eligible to take the GED Online Exam:

You will not be required to memorize formulas for your GED exam. During the online test experience, an online math reference sheet will be available as a drop-down menu. There will also be an online calculator and scratch pad available. Visit our Take the Online GED Test page for a comprehensive tutorial on the online test experience, including practice with the calculator.

What am I permitted to bring into the testing room?

For those taking the exam in person at a Test Center:

To bring in with you, you will be given three erasable note boards and a marker. All personal items must be kept in a secure area outside of the testing room.

Can I take a break during the examination?

For those taking the exam in person at a Test Center:

When you schedule multiple subjects on the same day, you will be given a ten-minute break in between tests. Unscheduled breaks are not permitted, and if you leave the room when in an unscheduled break, your test will not be scored.

You may access your personal items during scheduled breaks and lunches. If you need to leave the room, have concerns about the test, or are having computer problems, raise your hand and alert the test administrator.

How will I know how much time remains on my exam? Will I have time to double-check my work?

In the upper right-hand corner of the screen, there is a test timer that you can minimize or keep visible.

It should be noted that the timer cannot be minimized during the last few minutes of the test. We want you to be aware when time is running out.

Will a computer timer be used to manage the break?

For those taking the exam in person at a Test Center:

Yes, the computer controls all aspects of the test’s timing, though the test administrator will log you in and out of your test workstation.

Those who are eligible to take the GED Online Exam:

Your entire testing session will be governed by an online computer timer. A Greeter and Proctor will monitor your testing session, and it will be video recorded to ensure that all online testing rules are followed.

I believe I should have received a higher grade on my essay or written response. Is it possible to contest my score?

Yes, you have the option of contesting your written response scores. We have a very accurate scoring system for written responses. Since 2014, the answers have been scrutinized and are unlikely to change. When challenged, the scores are very likely to remain unchanged. If you want to request a re-score, call customer service at 1-877-EXAM-GED. You will be charged $50 for each response you wish to challenge. If your score improves, you’ll receive a $50 refund. Otherwise, the fee will be retained by GED Testing Service. Please keep in mind that this process takes 3 to 5 weeks.

Hope that after this blog, you can clearly understand what GED stands for and other information related to the test. Now it’s time for practice. Let’s start!