The G.E.D., or General Educational Development test provides the equivalent of a high school diploma to those who left school early without graduating, or immigrated from another country and are unable to pursue their higher education or careers without this diploma.

It is estimated that there are nearly 40 million americans who are locked into unfulfilling jobs that don’t offer growth in positions, nor earnings, if they do not have a high school diploma. For those who pass the exams, a G.E.D. diploma offers better chances of advancement in the job market, and a more secure future, financially. 

Sadly, the success rate in states such as New York, Alabama, Mississippi and the District of Columbia (D.C.) isn’t nearly as high as what it should be – less than 60% pass. This is in stark contrast the 90% pass rate in states such as Iowa, Delaware, Mississippi and Delaware.

Why such a difference? It has been noted that states with poor pass rates do not prepare their students sufficiently, further dwindling students’ confidence in being able to actualize their dreams of getting their G.E.D. and climbing that ladder.  

Furthermore, G.E.D. testing is about to get even tougher. It is therefore imperative that students find a school that is well-equipped with innovative instructional techniques and classes that cater to the different learning styles of their students. 

G.E.D. schools that are progressive in their teaching will be able to effectively guide their students to success by meeting the higher curriculum and testing standards, as proposed by the National Governors Association and state superintendents. 

And, a student’s successful graduation with their G.E.D. diploma is not to be celebrated in isolation. Their success will undoubtedly economically uplift and empower their loved ones, and the country as a whole.