In-Class and Online GEDs

Today's Sensible Approaches to the GED

Some educational and professional opportunities might be closed to you if you never finished high school. The good news is that it is easier than ever to earn a high school equivalency diploma. If you would like to earn that credential so you can move on to higher education or better job opportunities, it is never too late to begin. It is also important to understand that these high school equivalents are not the same as completing a rigorous high school program.

GED stands for General Educational Development, and is the test that people can take to get a high school equivalency diploma in every U.S. state. Different states do have different requirements. Make sure that you know what your own home state requires before you look for a program. You can register to take the test in almost any town or city, but you will need to prepare for it first.

How To Study for the GED

Once you have decided to register for the GED test, you will need to determine the best way to prepare for it. Your three alternatives are to purchase an independent learning study guide, take online classes, or enroll in a course of study that takes place in a classroom with a live teacher. The right choice really depends upon your own learning style and preferences.

  • Study guides: This is probably the cheapest option. You can find recent GED study guide books in libraries and used book stores.
  • Online courses: You can find some great online study guides that will walk you through the areas you need to study at your own pace. This can be a great choice for people who want guidance and the ability to study at their own convenience. Just be wary of any website that says you can actually earn your GED online. Right now, you have to take the official test at a testing center.
  • Classes in a classroom: If you are not that good at independent learning, taking a class might be the best route. You might be able to find these GED preparation classes at your local high school or community college.

Preparing for a GED Online vs. High School Diploma

If you plan to go on to college, a diploma from a good high school will probably help you more than passing a high school equivalency exam. GED requirements are not usually as strict as high school graduation requirements. While many local colleges have classes that can help qualified students catch up, you can save time if you have already completed more Math, Science, English, and Social Studies classes in high school.

That is simply an argument to consider staying in high school if that is where you already are. On the other hand, adults and mature teenagers might feel more comfortable just moving on to a local college. This might be true even if these students cannot immediately test into advanced classes. Most colleges will be happy to place you in the right class if you barely completed your first Algebra class or already finished Calculus by the time you left high school.