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Beth Gonzales

GED Diploma & High School Diploma: What’s the Difference?

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If you are looking to return to education, earning a GED or High School Diploma are both great options. But what’s the difference between the two? Determining which diploma best fits your future needs is a good place to start. Do you want to go to college? Are you looking for a new job? Whatever your reason, earning a diploma of any kind is a step in the right direction.

Differences between GED and High School Diplomas

Both GED and high school diplomas show prospective colleges and employers that you can apply academic skills according to current high school standards. Although a GED is a high school equivalency diploma, many people still view a high school diploma as superior to the GED.

College acceptance

A major difference between a GED and high school diploma is where they are accepted. Prestigious 4-year colleges/universities do not accept a GED in place of a high school diploma. But almost all community colleges welcome GED holders. Technical schools and 2-year programs also regard a GED diploma as satisfactory for admission.

Employment opportunities

Another difference between diploma types can be seen in the employment field. All employers accept a high school diploma, but not all will embrace a GED. Certain employers will not hire GED graduates, so research company policy before sending in a resume.

Time requirements

GED and high school diplomas also differ in the duration of time each takes to complete. While a high school diploma takes up to four years to achieve, you can complete a GED test in 7.5 hours! Because of the shorter time frame, many adult students find a GED diploma much more accessible than a high school diploma.

Age restrictions

Differences between the two diploma types can also be seen in age requirements. Any student under the age of 18 can earn a high school diploma. To earn a GED, most students have to 18 or older. However, most states have special circumstances that allow students to test if they are underage. If you are currently enrolled in high school (or are a high school graduate) you cannot take the GED exam at all.
 
Whichever you decide to earn – GED or high school diploma – congratulations on completing a significant step in your education. Every hour spent learning will be well worth it when you successfully pass your last exam!

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About Beth Gonzales

Beth is an educator and freelance creative designer who devises innovative and fun-loving solutions for clients. She works with families, students, teachers and small businesses to create and implement programs, campaigns and experiences that help support and maximize efforts to grow communities who critically think, engage and continue to learn.


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