The days when one could only earn a high school education by attending traditional classes are over. Today's student can choose among these traditional courses, home school or distance learning programs and diploma equivalency programs. The General Educational Development (GED) is one such equivalency program, allowing students to show they meet state secondary education objectives by passing a battery of tests. Still, are GEDs and high school diplomas truly equal? The following is a comparison of the work and benefits associated with both.
High School Diploma
High school diplomas are generally considered more desirable for one entering the work force or hoping to pursue a higher education. About.com notes that employees with diplomas generally earn significantly more than those without. Students who hope to advance may be required to pursue additional training. Similarly, most students admitted to college have earned their high school diploma, although this does not guarantee acceptance. Coursework, grade point average and extracurricular activities will be important factors during the admissions process.
Only students who are neither enrolled in nor have completed high school are permitted to take the GED exams. One must also be over the age of 16 and meet other state requirements. The GED certificate is awarded to anyone who passes a series of tests in five academic subjects, scoring higher than 60% of a sample set of graduating seniors. Because one will be tested on a few years worth of knowledge in just one short day, students often spend a great deal of time studying. Many need to take preparation courses, but no courses of any sort are mandatory.
As mentioned above, the GED is often considered less desirable for those hoping to attend college. About.com notes that while the majority of employers hiring for entry-level positions consider GED certificates as comparable to actual diplomas, some may consider the GED to be inferior. If a student continues on to college, however, one typically does not consider which one has earned. On this note, most community colleges admit students who have earned a GED, but individual universities set their own policies. Some do not view GEDs as equivalent to diplomas, particularly if these colleges require specialized courses of study for admission.
Why choose us
What we offer you here at Lincoln Academy is a high school diploma, not a GED. Why choose a GED program when you have a choice between two options that are the same difficulty level but do not reap the same benefits? We are dedicated to seeing you succeed in education and we are willing to help you achieve your goals. We can do this by offering you an accredited high school diploma program which can conveniently be earned completely online.
You receive a high quality education without the high cost. There is no need to pay expensive tuition fees. Lincoln Academy can take care of all of your education needs.
We are constantly updating our program to continue to make it better for our students. If there is anything we can do to make our students lives easier, believe us, we do it.
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