There are over 4,000 adult education programs in America today according to an article in Phi Delta Kappan titled Second chances: The value of adult education and the GED (Rose, 2013). And while those programs will differ in some ways concerning their specific offerings, most of them offer some form of GED test preparation program. In a nation where some “40 million Americans don't have a high school degree or GED certificate” (p. 46), the need for GED programs is well established.
But Getting ready to take the GED test can seem intimidating for even the most confident and well prepared adult learners. Fortunately, much has changed for the better in recent years concerning how the GED test is perceived by society, how it is administered and how it is valued in the workforce. This is especially true for the San Diego area, where there is a great deal of social and institutional support concerning the GED test. All of that is encouraging, but where does one start?
Successful preparation for the GED test starts with a good understanding of what the GED test is, where it came from, what does it assess and what is awarded?
GED stands for General Education Development, not General Education Diploma like many assume. It was the American Council on Education (ACE) who pioneered the GED test during World War II as a means to serve military members who had not completed a high school education. ACE set up the GED to assess Mathematics, Social Sciences, Reading, Writing and Science proficiencies. Candidates who successfully pass the GED test are typically awarded some kind of high school equivalency certificate.
For San Diegans, one of the essential resources available is the GED page of the San Diego Continuing Education Website. They do a great job of explaining what the GED is, who is eligible, what is on the test, how much it costs and even where you can go to take the test. There is even a calendar of GED preparation courses(mostly free of charge) that can help you get ready to take the actual test(not free of charge). If you are considering taking the GED test, it is worth the time to browse the site.
The following is a list of links to GED resources in and around San Diego. Be sure to check back often as it will be updated frequently.
- San Diego Continuing Education
- San Dieguito Adult School (Offers some online courses. Search "GED" in search bar
- San Diego Community College District
- Chula Vista Adult School
- Poway Adult School
In addition, most school district offices can direct you to the adult school nearest you that offers GED preparation services. If you have been considering taking the GED test, go ahead and get started; the community supports you.
Rose, M. (2013). Second chances: The value of adult education and the GED. Phi Delta Kappan, 94(6), 45-49.