After a candidate has successfully taken the GED tests, they may choose to pursue enrollment in a college or university. It is estimated that over 60 percent of candidates who take the GED are doing so with the intention of entering college or a postsecondary training facility.
Ninety-eight percent of colleges and universities in the United States recognize the GED credential. Students who do not graduate from high school but who wish to enroll in a college or university must pass the GED to demonstrate that they have achieved the necessary skills and knowledge for entering an institute of higher learning. Enrollment in a college or university may also be subject to successful completion of standardized tests such as SATs or ACTs.
Candidates who do not anticipate attending an undergraduate schoolor university after obtaining their GED will have the opportunity to pursue a greater number of jobs than if they had not obtained their GED. Many candidates who pursue a GED report doing so in order to get better jobs resulting in better income. Many candidates report that obtaining a GED makes them feel better about themselves. Obtaining a GED should be viewed as an investment in one’s future.
Why a GED Is Better Than a High School Diploma
Should you take the GED? While no one but you can answer that question, there are some very powerful and persuasive reasons for deciding to take it. For one thing, doing so will provide a sense of achievement. No matter what circumstances led to you not receiving a high school diploma, whether your own poor choices at the time or circumstances beyond your control, there is almost certainly a part of you that wishes you had gotten that piece of paper. Not only is graduating from high school considered a rite of passage but that diploma also (allegedly) tells the world that you’ve acquired a decent education. Without it, you probably feel as if you’re missing something essential. Well, you can fix that by getting a General Educational Development certification, which is the equivalent of a high school diploma.
Actually, in many ways a GED is more than the equivalent of a high school diploma; it’s far better. How so? Well, think back to your high school days before you left school. Think about all the slackers, goof-offs and others who couldn’t have cared less about school and did as little work as possible. They were constantly tardy, often absent, and sometimes slept through entire classes. But, lo and behold, at the end of four years probably every one of got a diploma. That’s because schools are very reluctant to kick anyone out. A person has to be a real troublemaker to get expelled, and anyone who avoids getting expelled usually gets a diploma.
Some would say that this situation has changed, thanks to standardized testing in every state where students have to meet minimum scores to graduate. Well, these folks haven’t been paying attention; all over America huge cheating scandals have been discovered where teachers, principals and other school employees were changing the answer sheets of students on a massive scale to make sure they passed. Just look up “Atlanta cheating scandal” for one example. There are plenty more. Most employers these days are less than impressed with a high school diploma, for good reason. However, when a person walks in with a GED, it tells a different story. A GED says, “I cared enough about getting an education that I buckled down and studied and did what I had to do to earn my GED. I made my education a priority, because I’m driven to improve my life.” An employer looks at that person and sees someone who is driven, can set goals and achieve them, has quite a bit of intelligence and is future-oriented. When it comes down to hiring that person or the one who “earned” a high school diploma, who do you think will get the job?