Wearing a maroon cap and gown in June 2005, Chris not only finished at the top of his graduating class, he also earned the highest GED exam score in the state last year.
With a score of 3,710 out of a possible 4,000, Chris' score ranks him in the top 1 percent of all GED test takers in the nation, according to David Stout, South Carolina's GED testing director.
And the GED is not an easy test, Stout said. It's considered more difficult than the state's high school exit exam, and only about 40 percent of high school seniors would pass the GED on their first attempt if they took it, he said.
The American Council on Education, which oversees the GED testing service, recognizes the individual with the highest annual score in each state. Chris will be honored on Monday in Columbia by state Superintendent of Education Inez Tenenbaum.
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