History of the GED:

During World War II the GED was created so that Veterans coming home from the war could finish their high school education. This enabled Veterans to prove that they were ready for a college education or technical training as made available in the GI Bill. So necessarily it was so that these individuals could be successful in their educations. The GED was a way for the Veterans to continue in their education and go on to be what they dreamed of without feeling like being in the Armed Forces had taken them away from their personal goals.
Soon after the GED became available to all drop outs. By 1959 most GED test takers were civilians. In 2001 the number of GED certificates given was about 650,000.
About the GED:
The GED is comprised of five general sections. Those sections are:
  • Language Arts, Writing
  • Language Arts, Reading
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Mathematics
To pass the GED you have to score better than 60% of high school students. You are allowed anywhere from 45 minutes to 90 minutes per section to complete the test. It just depends on where you are. In 2002 the Department of Education reviewed and changed the GED so that it had progressed in line with a typical high school education. This means that much of the test is harder to pass.
The Education Commission of the States declares that those with a GED got very comparable grades in post-secondary education as those with high school diplomas. They also note that most GED test takers claim that they want the GED strictly so that they can further their education.
People who get their GED cannot help but have a sense of accomplishment. Whether it is a high school diploma or a GED certificate, they both help a person’s self esteem. There is a lot of value in getting something like that accomplished. GED holders will have higher paying jobs, further education and be happier with themselves. It is obvious that a high school diploma is always a better alternative. But, when that just cannot happen then the getting the GED passed is certainly a better options than dropping out and not completing anything.