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G.E.D. stands for General Educational Development. It is a test taken by individuals who, for whatever reason (immigration, dropping out) did not earn a high school diploma. The test consists of questions in mathematics, English, social studies and science that are meant to test the basic knowledge of the test taker.

Passing the test implies that the taker holds the same knowledge he/she might hold having completed high school in the United States. However, it is often thought that the test is far easier than it should be, and it is often looked down upon by employers as a lower form of degree than an actual high school diploma.

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