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What is a GED?

In the United States, elementary and secondary education is 12 years. When students successfully complete high school (secondary school) after the 12th year, they are awarded a high school diploma. A high school diploma is the minimum requirement for admission to colleges and universities, and employment.

Students who leave high school before the end of 12th year or who have not met the requirements for high school graduation have several options for later earning a high school diploma. One option is to return to school, but this can be difficult if the student is working or cannot otherwise be a full-time student. Another option is to take the General Educational Development (GED) examination. Students who pass the GED examination are awarded a Certificate of High School Equivalency. This Certificate is considered to be equivalent to a high school diploma in the U.S.

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