The GED test continues to evolve to better prepare learners for college, career, and beyond. The GED credential has come a long way since it was first developed in 1942. It is now a complete test program designed to create pathways and connect learners to opportunities beyond their high school equivalency credential.

Background & Current Test Program  

1942: The GED test program was launched in 1942 and was administered only to military personnel so returning World War II veterans could more easily pursue their educational, vocational, and personal goals.

2014: The current test program was launched in 2014 and is the fifth test series since the creation of the GED credential.

90: The GED test program is administered in over 90 countries, including Thailand and South Africa.

3,200: There are over 3,200 official GED testing centers in the U.S. and worldwide.

70,000: Over 70,000 adult educators in the U.S. provide preparation support to learners.

Graduates and Postsecondary Outcomes 

20 million: More than 20 million people have earned their GED credentials since the test launch.

80%: The current test program boasts an 80% pass rate.

50%: 1 out of 2 GED students enter college within four years.

100%: Virtually all colleges and employers accept the GED credential.

150,000: Annually, 150,000 GED graduates earn their credentials in the U.S.


Check out our latest infographic highlighting the GED test program here.