Relationship of First-Year University Grades of Non-High School Graduates with the Tests of General Educational Development
AbstractThe Tests of General Educational Development (GED) are used extensively in the United States and in all provinces and territories in Canada except Quebec, Ontario, and Alberta for high school equivalency certification. The five tests, which include English, Social Studies, Natural Sciences, Literature, and Mathematics, measure reading comprehension and general knowledge in the subjects rather than specific content of secondary school courses. Nevertheless, they tend to be good predictors of success in colleges and univer- sities. Where these institutions do not have an open admission policy, it is recommended that they determine relative cut-off points for admission to programs. Results of this study indicate that where such cut-off points have been established, they may be at an unnecessarily high level; also, that an open admission policy, especially if supported by remedial English and study skills courses, may be advisable.