What happened to the GED®?
From 1942 to 2013 the GED® Test had been the only test used to measure if a person had the same level of skills as someone who graduated from high school. Upon passing the GED® Test the test taker was awarded a High School Equivalency Certificate. The certificate, issued by the California State Department of Education, became incorrectly known as a GED® certificate.
In 2010 Peason Vue, a private, for-profit company, bought the GED® trademark. Pearson Vue decided to computerize the test and stopped offering a paper/pencil version.
In 2013 the California State Department of Education, along with many other states, decided to find alternative tests so test takers could earn a High School Equivalency Certificate.
In March of 2014, the CA State Department of Education decision to add 2 tests so test takers could decide which test was best for them. Now the GED®, the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC®) and the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET®) all lead to the same certificate. Both the TASC® and the HiSET® are available on computers AND in the paper/pencil format.
Now persons interested in obtaining their High School Equivalency Certificate have a choice!
The HiSET® is offered by the Los Angeles Unified School District.
For more information about all three High School Equivalency Tests click on the link below to see the letter from the US Department of Education.