Before we go diving into all the information regarding the benefits of earning your GED and how to go about doing it let us quickly address some of the common questions we receive on a daily basis.
Do I have to buy books in order to receive my GED?
No. Books are not a requirement in order to take a GED test. If you enroll in GED preparation classes in your local city or state, the class may require you to purchase books but it should never be mandatory if you are taking tests.
What is the difference between signing up for GED classes and GED tests?
This is a common misconception. There is a huge difference between the two. If you signed up to take your GED tests, there is no class and there is no teaching. You will be placed into a room with other people and instructed how to properly fill out the test and given a time limit and that is all. There will be no discussion and no teaching. If you have been out of school for a long period of time we highly recommend a GED class which will actively teach you the material you will be tested on.
Do employers treat someone with a GED the same as a someone with a High School Diploma?
This may be a case by case basis depending on the employer but in our experience YES! It is a milestone for employment. Let’s be honest nobody likes the word “dropout” or hearing “I didn’t finish because…” and if you’ve been dealing with this you know that it’s a cause for anxiety on every job interview. If you have your GED it doesn’t have to be it is legitimately a high school equivalency and that is how it is treated.
I don’t have a lot of time….
Nonsense. While scheduling for GED testing or classes will vary by state and region you are granted a prolonged period of time to complete each test for the required subjects of your state. In Rhode Island for example even if you had all the time in the world they schedule in groups each taking only 1 test per week regardless of how much time the student has available. Now that may well be different where you live but GED testing facilities know not everyone can spend each day taking a test. You WILL have options. You CAN get this done.