GED officially stands for General Educational Development, but people also use the acronym for General Educational Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma. The GED is a test that measures skills and knowledge similar to what students learn in traditional high schools.
Rather than testing for rote memorization, the GED measures aptitude for critical thinking as well as the ability to make conclusions based on information presented in the test. People often choose to take a GED exam in order to get into college or to apply for a job that requires a high school diploma. The GED is a commonly acceptable alternative to a high school diploma.