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What Is the Definition of GED? What Does GED Mean? What Does GED Stand For?


Definition: GED stands for General Educational Development.

You may have heard people refer to the GED as the General Educational Diploma or the General Equivalency Diploma, but these are incorrect. GED is actually the process of earning the equivalent of your high school diploma, which is called a GED certificate or credential.

The process requires attending classes, studying, and passing a five-part test.

Pronunciation: Each letter of the acronym GED is spoken. G - E - D. It is not pronounced as a word.
Evie Eaves earned her GED certificate when she was 97 years old.

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