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What is a GED? A GED (General Educational Development) is an equivalency exam aimed at showing a person achieved the level of skills equal to a high school academic level. It test abilities in five subjects: Reading, Writing, Math, Science, and Social Studies. In order to pass a taker must score higher than 60% of graduating high school seniors.

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What are the major differences between a diploma and a GED? The main differences between the two are:


High School Diploma
GED
Eligibility
Upon entering until 1-3 years after turning 18, varying by state and district
At least 16 years old, not currently enrolled in a high school, and not possessing a high school diploma
Requirements
Complete curriculum stated by school district
Pass a series of test in five academic areas by scoring higher that 60% of graduating seniors
How offices view
Will lead to many entry level positions. Starting salaries may be higher than those with GED’s
Many view as comparable to a high school diploma and lead to many entry level positions
How colleges view
Lead’s to but does not guarantee admission to individual universities. Other factors determine final decision
Accepted my most community colleges. Individual universities base their policy on how they view a GED compared to a high school diploma
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Does passing the GED mean I get a high school diploma? What a successful taker of the GED receives varies by state. The video below explains:



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Are there major differences in the types of jobs I can get with a diploma vs a GED? For a person seeking a job immediately after receiving a GED or a high school diploma the list of job offerings mainly consist of entry level positions. While the opportunities are mostly the same the major difference is in the starting salary with high school diploma holders receiving more. This still varies from employer to employer. For a list of jobs frequently available to recent GED and diploma recepients click here.

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