The GED at a Glance
The General Educational Development Diploma test, or GED, is a series of five tests designed to measure student proficiency in standard high school subjects. The GED test provides those who are at least 16 years old, not enrolled in high school, and have not graduated from high school, with the chance to earn a high school equivalency diploma. To pass the GED you do not have to remember specific facts, dates, or terms. Rather, you have to demonstrate that you can apply essential knowledge and skills to specific situations.