Years ago General Equivalency Diploma (GED), also referred to as a General Education Diploma (GED) courses were taught at high schools, some of them aged and closed for services to traditional students; others were taught and tested at learning centers. Getting a GED felt like cramming for a final examination for several weeks for some students back then. Today, regardless of how old you are, you can get your GED online from the comforts of your home. Quality educational organizations that administer the programs develop in-depth coursework for their paid or free GED online classes.
Depending on the school you enroll in to complete your GED online, you might be required to be at least 16 years old to get accepted into the school. The reason you didn’t finish your diploma coursework at a traditional school may not be of importance to school officials. If you’re a fast learner, you can complete your GED requirements in less than a month. Otherwise, it can take you up to six weeks to finish the requirements.
After you enroll in an online GED training program consider:
- Asking school enrollment counselors for a GED study kit you can refer to as you complete course materials and study for upcoming tests
- You might be required to score 70 percent or higher on each test to move on in the course
- Enrolling in schools that offer you a lifetime verification (this way if college or university administrators want to confirm that you got an official GED, they can call a certain number at the school and get your GED verified)
- Purchasing flash cards, calculators and other learning tools that will aid you in your studies
- Reading through GED preparation books so you know what to expect on the tests
- Taking GED practice tests before you schedule your actual tests
- Checking out schools to make sure they are accredited by reputable agencies (you can always contact the accrediting agency and ask them to confirm whether or not the school is, in fact, accredited by them)
Types of Questions Covered on GED Tests
According to the American Council on Education, types of subjects covered on GED tests include:
- Language arts
- Social studies
Multiple choice and essay questions are parts of the language arts test sections. You’ll have to be familiar with sentence structure, grammar, capitalization, etc. to pass this part of the tests. Social studies covers geography, history, civics and government and economics. The science part of the tests covers physical and life science as well as earth and space science. You can use a calculator on Part I of the mathematics portion of the tests, but not on Part II.
After you get your GED online for free or by paying to enroll in other secondary programs, you can apply for acceptance to postsecondary schools so you can get occupational licenses (e.g. nursing, cosmetology) and/or complete undergraduate degrees. If you left high school early to serve in the military you might be able to get a GED online for free using military tuition assistance programs. Additionally, after you get your GED online and start completing college and university courses employers may focus on your postsecondary education more than on whether or not you earned your high school diploma by traditional or non-traditional methods. Keep in mind that growing popularity of online high school programs may continue to remove the stigma of distance learning programs from the minds of students, parents, educators and employers.