High School Diploma vs. GED Article Type: Fight Club
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The GED is a test that can prove you have more smarts and skills—and yeah, more incentive, too—than 40% of graduating high school seniors. It‘ a seven-hour test covering Social Studies, Science, Math, Language Arts, and Writing…pretty much everything covered in high school (minus sex ed, gym, and complicated between-class hallway rules).
A diploma means you did it. You successfully sat through all those classes, passed the tests (at least most of them), and survived freshman hazing, sophomore malaise, an overloaded junior year, and senioritis. A diploma is your ticket to higher wages and is a key credential for applying to jobs or college.
Passing the test means you’ve earned a GED certification which is looked at by many schools and employers as an equivalent to a high school diploma. So, the bright side is that you have the chance to earn an equivalent certification in seven hours instead of four years. Quite the time-saver.
There are a few cons here.
Four years can seem like an eternity, especially when viewed from the back of the Geometry classroom. It’s a whole lot of work to earn a diploma.
You left high school a long time ago and don’t have the option to return to earn your diploma.
You want to up your chances of earning a decent salary, getting a better job, joining the military, or getting into just about any type of college.