Publication Date

Spring 2015

Document Type

Project Summary

Degree Name

Master of Science



First Advisor

Dianna Galante, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Victor Akatsa, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Chris Tweddle, Ph.D.


As society changes and competition grows, the skilled worker becomes hard to find. For these reasons, secondary education is the starting point for pursuing college, a trade, and a career. For more than 60 years individuals have been given a second chance to complete their high school education by taking the General Education Development (GED) exam. This exam has been updated to correspond to changes in society and the workforce. As of 2014, the GED test was changed dramatically. This research project traced from past to present the intent of the assessment, teaching methods, curriculum, statistics, and overall preparation of the students who took the exam to advance forward in their lives. The research will investigate closely the expectations and changes as it relates to the mathematics portion of the exam. Taking the GED over the years has been shown to be very beneficial. There have been many advantages of the GED program to the graduates as well as to the world at large. The purpose of this research is to compare the 2014 GED exam with the previous 2002 Series by looking closely at the effect that the Step by Step Teaching method vs online preparation can offer, and its relation to the mathematics component of the GED Test.