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4 Things You Need to Know about the GED

June 2nd, 2022
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For adults who were unable to complete traditional high school, the General Education Development, also known as the GED is an option offered in many states in the US. It’s considered to be the equivalent of a high school diploma and satisfies the requirement for a high school diploma at many colleges, universities and companies who are hiring. 

If you’re a high school student who has studied ahead or had to drop out because of life issues, you might be considering getting a GED in lieu of a high school diploma. However, before you make the decision, you should be aware of these four things. 

1. Passing the GED might be harder than you think. 

It’s not easier to get a GED than your high school diploma. It has become harder for people to pass the GED test, especially after it was redesigned in 2014. To pass the GED, you need to know the same information that you would have learned in high school. 

The time it takes can vary depending on where you live, how much preparation you need before taking the exam, and how consistent you are at studying for the exam. For most, it can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months.

This leads to point number two…

2. Passing doesn’t necessarily mean you are college-ready.

A passing score on the GED test is 145, but 165 is considered by most colleges to be a “college-ready” score. If you get less than a 145, it is likely that you will need to take remedial courses before you will be ready to take college-level courses. The more remedial classes you take in college, the longer and more expensive it will be. Statistically, only about 1 in 10 GED holders go on to earn a college degree.

It takes a lot of motivation and discipline to study for and get your GED. It is also a good idea to take the GED practice test. Once you know what level you are at, you will need to create a study plan. Then you need to study regularly, just like you would in high school. Once you are ready, you will need to pay for and make arrangements to take the GED test in-person or online. The GED is an option but not an easy way out of high school. 

3. It will cost you.

The GED exam can cost up to $160. It depends on your state, but most charge around the same. GED.com offers a “graduate package” that includes resources and materials to help you study and pass the test. This package costs about $200 but assumes that you will be self-motivated enough to read through all the materials, develop your study plan, take the time to regularly read and study the materials, and then take the test when ready. 

For those that need extra help, GED.com offers GED+™, which they market as “Everything you need to earn your GED”. This is a premium service that costs over $100 per subject. If you decide to subscribe to the GED+™service, it will cost $476 to get this support for all four subjects, in addition to the cost of the exam. 

4. Age Impacts Your Ability to Take the Test.

There are many states that have a GED program. However, if you’re under 18, you might not be allowed to take the GED test. This is important to know because if you’re 15-16 and decide you want to drop out of the school to take the GED, this approach may not be possible. Some states that do provide a GED option to 16 and 17 year olds have additional requirements that they must meet. 

We hope this information provides you with some additional considerations when deciding to go the GED route. The truth is, if at all possible, we recommend that you stay in school. We know that life happens and people or circumstances might prevent you from being successful in school, but it is more challenging to finish later on. 

If you already dropped out, know that there are alternatives to a GED. At Grad Solutions, we help young adults that have had to drop out of high school. We provide a mentor, tutoring, WIFI, and more so they can finish high school online, when they have time. Best of all, this option is free to Arizona individuals between 16-22 who have dropped out of school. If you would like to know more, feel free to call us at 480-689-5999. We hope to hear from you! 



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