10 Steps to Earning Your High School Diploma or GED

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The job market is competitive and selective. Often employers want prospective employees to have either a high school diploma or a GED. What can you do if you have neither?

Many more jobs will become available to you if you have a high school diploma or GED. Most employers are looking for employees who have completed a basic high school education. Lacking either one of those degrees can limit your job choices, and thereby limit your earning capabilities. However, you can greatly expand your career choices with a degree or diploma. Earning your diploma or GED takes some time and effort, but it is very much worth your investment. A more advanced job can help you earn higher wages. A high school diploma or GED can help you enter college for more training in the career of your choice. Your job choices won’t be limited by your education, your job will be one you choose. Follow this list to get the education you need for the job you deserve!

1. Check your state’s GED requirements.

2. Decide if you want to study on your own or in a structured setting.

3. Find a job training center or education center that provides GED study.

4. Explore the testing requirements.

5. Verify the costs.

6. Search for financial aid.

7. Acquire the required study materials.

8. Determine your timetable.

9. Budget your study time.

10. Pass the test!

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The first step is the most important step. Once you’ve decided to get your high school diploma or GED, research all your options. Check your state’s education website. Using your state’s name and GED in the search engine will usually take you to the page with the requirements. Each state has different requirements and most list education centers for GED test preparation. You can also contact a job-training center near you. Most of them offer GED courses.

Decide which training center has the best schedule for you and sign up for the classes. Dedicate yourself to staying current with the classwork.

The GED test is divided into four sections. Decide if you want to take all the section tests at once, or each section individually. You can choose to pay for each section test as you take it or pay for the whole test at once. Some states offer tuition assistance for both the test preparation classes and the testing fees. Additionally, some states offer accommodation assistance for out-of-towners. Do your homework and find the funds.

Most bookstores sell GED test preparation books. You can also find the books you’ll need at most high school, college and public libraries.

Attend classes and participate. Ask plenty of questions. The instructors want you to succeed. They will do all they can to help you be prepared to pass the test.

Budget your study time. Between work and family life, it can be difficult to find time in your busy day to study. Good time management skills will really pay off.

By doing a lot of research, a lot of studying and a lot of planning, you can increase your earning potential – a lot!

You may have been away from school for a while. Don’t let that hold you back. People of all ages are working on getting their diplomas or GED.

If you’ve been in the workforce for a while, you can think of your education as another job. Schedules, performance reviews and paychecks all translate nicely into getting an education. The test is your performance review. However, the paycheck (your diploma or GED) is one that won’t be spent by next Friday. You'll have it always. You will have proven to yourself that you can take the steps necessary to advance your career.

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