Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

GED Exam Surpasses 1 Million Adult Test Takers in 2001. (Noteworthy News)

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

GED Exam Surpasses 1 Million Adult Test Takers in 2001. (Noteworthy News)

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WASHINGTON

More than 1 million adults worldwide took one or more of the five GED Tests in 2001, a first in the program's 60-year history, the General Educational Development (GED) Testing Service announced in a report released last month. Much of the increase resulted from the start of the 2002 GED Test Series on Jan. 1, 2002. Participants had until Dec. 31 to complete the old test series or start over with the new test series.

"Who Took the GED? GED 2001 Statistical Report," published by the American Council on Education (ACE) details the general characteristics and performance of GED candidates throughout North America, the Caribbean and the South Pacific. Data was collected from more than 3,300 GED Testing Centers around the world.

A total of 1,069,899 adults in the United States, Canada and outlying jurisdictions took one or more of the GED Tests during the year ending Dec. 31, 2001, a 31.1 percent increase from 2000. (The United States total was 945,131, an increase of 31.6 percent.)

Despite the dramatic increase, the more than 1 million who attempted to earn their high school credential by passing the GED Tests represents only 2 percent of the adult population without a high school diploma.

Recognized in the United States and Canada by employers and institutions of higher learning, the GED Testing Program has served as a bridge to further education and employment opportunities for an estimated 15.4 million people.

"GED candidates recognize the value of education in today's society," says David Ward, ACE President. …

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