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Table 108. General Educational Development (GED) test takers and test passers, by age: 1971 through 2006
Year Number of test takers (in thousands) Percentage distribution of test passers, by age1 
Total2  Completing
test battery3 
Passing tests4  19 years old or less 20 to 24 years old 25 to 29 years old 30 to 34 years old 35 years old or over
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
19715  377 227
19725  419 245
19735  423 249
1974 294 35 27 13 9 17
1975 340 33 26 14 9 18
                 
1976 333 31 28 14 10 17
1977 330 40 24 13 8 14
1978 381 31 27 13 10 18
1979 426 37 28 12 13 11
1980 479 37 27 13 8 15
                 
1981 489 37 27 13 8 14
1982 486 37 28 13 8 15
1983 465 34 29 14 8 15
1984 427 32 28 15 9 16
1985 413 32 26 15 10 16
                 
1986 428 32 26 15 10 17
1987 444 33 24 15 10 18
1988 410 35 22 14 10 18
1989 632 541 357 35 24 13
1990 714 615 410 36 25 13 10 15
                 
1991 755 657 462 33 28 13 10 16
1992 739 639 457 33 28 13 9 17
1993 746 651 469 33 27 13 10 16
1994 774 668 491 36 25 13 9 15
1995 787 682 504 38 25 13 9 15
                 
1996 824 716 488 39 25 13 9 14
1997 785 681 460 43 24 12 8 13
1998 776 673 481 44 24 11 7 13
1999 808 702 498 44 25 11 7 13
2000 811 699 487 45 25 11 7 13
                 
2001 1,016 928 648 41 26 11 8 14
2002 557 467 330 49 25 10 6 11
2003 657 552 387 47 26 10 7 11
2004 666 570 406 46 26 11 6 10
2005 681 588 424 45 26 12 7 11
2006 676 580 464 46 25 12 6 11
— Not available.
1 People who did not report their age were excluded from this calculation. Age data for 1988 and prior years are for all test takers and may not be comparable to data for later years.
2 All people taking the GED tests (one or more subtests).
3 People completing the entire GED battery of five tests.
4 Data for 2002 and later years are for people passing the GED tests (i.e., earning both a passing total score on the test battery and a passing score on each individual test). Data for 2001 and prior years are for high school equivalency credentials issued by the states to GED test passers. In order to receive high school equivalency credentials in some states, GED test passers must meet additional state requirements (e.g., complete an approved course in civics or government).
5 Includes other jurisdictions, such as Puerto Rico, Guam, and American Samoa.
NOTE: Data are for the United States only and exclude other jurisdictions, except where noted. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Some data have been revised from previously published figures.
SOURCE: American Council on Education, General Educational Development Testing Service, the GED annual Statistical Report, 1971 through 1992; Who Took the GED? 1993 through 2001; Who Passed the GED Tests? 2002 through 2005; and 2006 GED Testing Program Statistical Report. (This table was prepared July 2008.)

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