When asking why you should finish your diploma, the answer might simply be that it can be difficult to find a job without a high school diploma or equivalent. Depending on where you live, your state may offer the GED® test as the main high school equivalency test. Millions of adults in the U.S. did not graduate from high school, and they are eligible to take the GED® test.
The GED® credential has long been recognized as a valid substitute for a high school diploma, and 98 percent of colleges and universities in the United States accept it in applications. All branches of the U.S. military and most employers accept the GED® test or other high school equivalency diploma. In fact, the GED® test was created in 1942 as U.S. military veterans returned home after service in World War II, since many of them had left high school prior to graduation.
Individuals preparing to take the GED® test range in age from late teens to senior citizens, and they span a wide variety of backgrounds. Many participants learn English as a second language.
The GED® test has been around for decades, and many forms of testing assistance are available, from local adult education centers to printed resources that should be available at your library. In some cases, financial assistance can be made available if you’re taking the test.
Your local adult education center can help you with the process and is the best place to get started with the GED® test. To get started, use the ZIP code finder above to find a center near you.