High School Diploma vs. GED


GED High School Diploma
Important Stats Important Stats
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’s 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.
Pros Pros
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.
  • This diploma, this seemingly thin, letter-sized piece of paper, is the baseline for pursuing higher education or getting a job. Colleges and employers are going to look at a high school diploma and know that you had the smarts and persistence to stick with high school for four years.
  • For those who like money, having a diploma is going to earn you an average of ten grand more per year than someone who didn’t finish high school. On that note, if you do stay in high school, you may want to go ahead and take that Financial Intelligence elective.
Cons Cons

There are a few cons here.

  • Lots of employers (including Uncle Sam) and schools don’t look at the GED as equivalent to a diploma and raise the admissions or hiring standards for GED holders because they haven’t earned a four-year diploma. 
  • Combine that with the con that even though they earn more than folks without a diploma, GED holders still earn significantly less than high school grads, unless they go on to higher education. But remember, sometimes those places of higher education require that diploma so…
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.
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You left high school a long time ago and don’t have the option to return to earn your diploma.

"Never too late to get your GED, it is."

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.

"A high school diploma is not something you’ll regret. If nothing else, it’ll look nice on your wall."




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