GED (General Equivalency Diploma) has long been regarded as the red-headed step child of the diploma family which includes IGCSE’s and GCE’s. Not anymore though! The GED board has announced new changes which add to the existing flexibility of the programme which makes it look like a strong contender for the best kind of diploma any student can complete before heading into high school or even university.
Unlike your usual high school requirement which involves a student to follow the conventional schooling process for several years, the GED programme only requires you to attend several sessions that you need to, to pass the examination- it essentially allows students to learn only what is required to be a successful individual in the future while by-passing the more advanced (and somewhat unnecessary) concepts such as trigonometry, advanced levels of science, advanced computer programming and many others!
As a sort of replacement for doing all the tests and projects given out by your instructors in school the GED exams simplify the process by dividing the tests into 4 categories namely; Math’s, Science, Language Arts, Writing and Social Studies. The beauty of GED examinations is that unlike other boards for which exams span over the better part of two to three months. The GED exams can be completed within a day or several days and each subject takes only one or two hours to finish which is perfect for any student short on time!
The magnificence of education is that subject matter and the boards themselves can evolve as time goes by. The new changes announced to GED exams include the passing grade being reduced from 150 to 145. And GED is also introducing two optional score levels: GED College Ready and GED College Ready + Credit. The questions lie as to why the enhancements were made, according to research done by GEDTestingService which states that, “GED® graduates are performing as well as, and in many instances outperforming, high school graduates in terms of not needing remediation when entering postsecondary programs.” This statistic clearly shows the improvement of the board and the students who typically enroll in the GED examinations and basically allows GED to be a more competitive if not an outright better board than the others!
To conclude, GED’s are not what they used to be perceived as before; studies show that “98% of colleges in the U.S. alone accept GED passers to enroll.” And at the end of the day it is really up to the student to decide whether to undergo the rigors of schooling or enrolling into GED, please bear in mind that a college or high-school application is decided on a case-to-case basis that still includes a lot of factors on top of the type of diploma you completed!
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