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Table 104. -  General Educational Development (GED) credentials issued, and number and age of test takers: United States and outlying areas, 1971 to 1996
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        | Number of  |Number com- | Number of  | Percent distribution of test takers, by age
        |credentials |pleting test|    test    |____________________________________________
  Year  | issued, in |battery, in | takers, in | 19 or  |20 to 24 |25 to 29 |30 to 34|35 or
        |thousands\1\|thousands\2\|thousands\3\|  less  |         |         |        | over
________|____________|____________|____________|________|_________|_________|________|______
   1    |     2      |     3      |     4      |   5    |    6    |    7    |   8    |  9
________|____________|____________|____________|________|_________|_________|________|______
1971 ...|        227 |        --- |        377 |    --- |     --- |     --- |    --- |  ---
1972 ...|        245 |        --- |        419 |    --- |     --- |     --- |    --- |  ---
1973 ...|        249 |        --- |        423 |    --- |     --- |     --- |    --- |  ---
1974 ...|        295 |        412 |        540 |     35 |      27 |      13 |      9 |   17
1975 ...|        342 |        507 |        652 |     33 |      26 |      14 |      9 |   18
        |            |            |            |        |         |         |        |
1976 ...|        337 |        507 |        656 |     31 |      28 |      14 |     10 |   17
1977 ...|        331 |        488 |        680 |     40 |      24 |      13 |      9 |   14
1978 ...|        381 |        467 |        641 |     31 |      27 |      13 |     10 |   19
1979 ...|        435 |        583 |        744 |     35 |      27 |      13 |      8 |   16
1980 ...|        488 |        708 |        779 |     37 |      27 |      13 |      8 |   15
        |            |            |            |        |         |         |        |
1981 ...|        500 |        701 |        770 |     37 |      27 |      13 |      8 |   15
1982 ...|        494 |        692 |        756 |     37 |      28 |      13 |      8 |   15
1983 ...|        477 |        678 |        740 |     34 |      29 |      14 |      9 |   15
1984 ...|        437 |        613 |        676 |     32 |      28 |      15 |      9 |   16
1985 ...|        427 |        622 |        685 |     33 |      26 |      15 |     10 |   16
        |            |            |            |        |         |         |        |
1986 ...|        439 |        648 |        713 |     33 |      26 |      15 |     10 |   16
1987 ...|        458 |        662 |        729 |     33 |      24 |      15 |     10 |   18
1988 ...|        421 |        617 |        701 |     36 |      23 |      14 |     10 |   17
1989 ...|        364 |        554 |        645 |     36 |      24 |      13 |     10 |   16
1990 ...|        419 |        628 |        727 |     35 |      25 |      14 |     10 |   17
        |            |            |            |        |         |         |        |
1991 ...|        471 |        672 |        770 |     33 |      27 |      14 |     10 |   17
1992 ...|        465 |        653 |        754 |     32 |      28 |      13 |     11 |   16
1993 ...|        476 |        652 |        757 |     33 |      27 |      14 |     11 |   16
1994 ...|        499 |        684 |        793 |     34 |      26 |      13 |     10 |   16
1995 ...|        513 |        698 |        803 |     37 |      25 |      13 |     10 |   15
1996 ...|        514 |        733 |        842 |     40 |      25 |      13 |      9 |   15
________|____________|____________|____________|________|_________|_________|________|______

\1\Number of people receiving high school equivalency credentials based on the GED tests.
\2\Number of people completing the entire GED battery of five tests.
\3\Number of people taking the GED tests (one or more subtests).
\4\Racial/ethnic distribution estimated by NCES based on 1996 12th grade racial/ethnic distribution reporte by state.
---Data not available.

NOTE.--Because of rounding, percentages may not add to 100. Some data have been revised from previously published figures.

SOURCE: American Council on Education, General Educational Development Testing Service. (This table was prepared August 1998.)


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