A high school education is essential to obtain nearly any form of employment in today’s society. So what do the many people who fail to graduate from a traditional high school do to bring their resume up to par? Well, they can attend high school online or try to test for a GED (General Education Diploma). A GED is often easier to acquire, but a High School diploma carries more weight with potential employers and colleges. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor statistics, a student with a GED certificate will likely earn less and is less likely to complete a college degree than one who has earned an accredited High School Diploma. Here is the basic information on each one to help you determine which is right for you. There are a plethora of online schools that allow you to earn your High School Diploma. You will have to take the same classes as you traditionally would, but you can do it on your own time. Here is a general list of requirements:
Each credit equals 1 year:
3 Mathematics credits, including Algebra 1
4 English credits
2 Science credits, including one year each of biological and physical sciences
4 Social Science credits, including Geography, US History, World History, Government and Economics
1 Fine Arts credit
2 Foreign Language credits, must be same language
1 Health and Life Skills credit
2 Physical Education credits
3 elective credits, such as computer skills or other job preparation skills
Total of 22 credits
Some students who don’t like waking up for homeroom or following a set schedule may be lining up to complete their education online, but there are some draw backs. Most online programs don’t have the fun elements of traditional high schools such as prom, senior day, graduation, and just the general excitement in the air when you are surrounded by peers. Also, some subjects may be hard to master without a teacher there to guide students through the lessons. And many people find it challenging to focus on completing work when there isn’t an actual teacher there to encourage them on a daily basis. It can be expensive too. If you attend a private school, you can expect to pay several hundred dollars per credit on tuition alone. When you add in books and other miscellaneous fees, it can start to feel like you are paying for college.
If you decide that online college courses are for you, you can either attend a private school or a charter school. If you can find an accredited charter school in your area, you can attend for free. Otherwise you will be forced to pay the pricey private school fees. Which ever school you attend, be sure that it is accredited. Many programs are nationally accredited, but it is best double check. If your school is not accredited by the college or business of your choice then your transcripts will not be accepted and your efforts, and money, will have been wasted.
To actually receive a GED you simply have to pass a test. There are several way to help you prepare. Or, if you feel confident enough, you can go straight to the exam.
GED Local Schools There are many GED schools around the country that help people get their GEDs. They offer flexible schedules, dedicated teachers and low costs. These schools generally offer night and weekend classes. Thousands of people of all ages attend GED schools everyday. Most GED schools have very reasonable fees for their classes, usually around $100.
GED Online Schools One of the easiest ways to get your GED is to enroll in a GED online class. An online school or class will teach you everything via a Web site. You will get your reading assignments, homework and take tests all online. It is one of the most flexible GED schools available because you can do it in your spare time. Online GED courses are very convenient, but you must be dedicated and work on it everyday. If you put it off and don’t do your homework, you will fail. You have to put in the effort in order to succeed. Getting your GED online can be challenging if you have a hard time pacing yourself in an unstructured environment, but it is a great option if you are a independent learner.
GED Testing GED testing is usually done at a GED school or GED testing center locally. The GED testing usually takes all day and you need to be prepared. The tests are long and can be challenging. You must study for GED tests. They are not easy if you do not know the material. You can take a GED practice test online. This is a great way to evaluate if you are ready for the real deal. The results will tell you what you do not know. That way you can study extra hard where you need to. The GED practice or pre tests will also give you an idea of what the real GED test is like. This will ease your nerves and help you to relax during the tests. GED pretests can be taken online. There are many websites that offer GED pretests for a small fee. These are crucial if you want to pass your GED quickly.
Home GED The home GED program is like a self study program. You basically do everything on your own with the exception of GED test taking. The GED tests are taken at a GED school. The home GED program is a program designed for people who have limited time and money. You have to buy the books and go through them chapter by chapter. You must do all of the exercises also. When you have completed all of your GED books and GED practice exams then you can schedule the actual GED tests.