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5 Reasons to Go for an Online High School Diploma Versus the GED

Written by James Madison High School on Wednesday, 18 April 2018. Posted in Adult Learner, For Parents

5 Reasons to Go for an Online High School Diploma Versus the GED

You’ve got your reasons for not going the traditional high school diploma route. Maybe you were forced to drop out of high school years ago or are still of high school age (up to 21 in most states) but not into it. But here you are, poking around online to find out whether it’s worth your time and energy to get your high school diploma, after all.

A high school diploma is about preparing you for the future you aspire to reach. Read on for the five reasons you might want to consider an online high school diploma instead of just taking a test.

What’s a GED?

The General Educational Development (GED) is a series of tests taken during one long day, on-site, at one of 3,400 locations in the U.S. and Canada. The test was originally created to help returning World War II vets who’d quit school to enter the Armed Forces quickly get a job. Today, anyone over the age of 16 can take the test, but the GED is not actually a diploma. If you get a passing score on the GED, most states will award you what’s called a “high school equivalency certificate.”

To pass the test you must perform on a level comparable to or above 60% of high school seniors in four general areas: reasoning through language arts, mathematical reasoning, science, and social studies. The test includes multiple choice and short-form answers as well as extended response question-and-answer formats.

However, taking and passing a test like the GED does not prepare you for the challenges of getting through a college degree program, nor does it help prepare you for a job promotion.

5 reasons an online high school diploma beats the GED


High school graduates earn, on average, about $1,600 a month more than those with a GED (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017).


Some of the reasons for actually getting a high school diploma are about a sense of personal achievement. Others tie to factual data collected over the years by various organizations, including the U.S. government. The number one reason educators, researchers, and parents, give for getting that high school diploma is preparedness. Nothing can replace the knowledge and experience gained through studying, reading, interacting with teachers and peers that are available to you through online high school.

So without further ado, five reasons to go for that online diploma!

  1. Studying online teaches you how to learn, expands your perspective, and helps to better prepare you for college, a job, and life in general.
  2. As of 2017, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that full-time workers without a high school diploma had median weekly earnings of $515, compared with $718 for high school graduates (no college) and $1,189 for those with a bachelor's degree.
  3. Earning an actual high school diploma online versus an “equivalency certificate” shows the kind of initiative and self-discipline hiring managers look for today.
  4. If the military might be in your future, they require higher scores on aptitude tests for GED holders, Each branch of the military sets limits on the number of GED holders they accept. For example, the Airforce only allows one percent of annual recruits to have a GED.
  5. A high school diploma in hand provides a sense of personal achievement. You did it!

With so many advances in technology, attending classes on the internet offers more than just convenience advantages. It can be fun and interactive. At James Madison High School you’ll encounter highly qualified teachers working and interacting with students like you, who have goals and challenges as well as the determination to earn their diploma.

Did you complete some high school? Many credits transfer. It never hurts to speak with a professional. Call 1-800-349-6861 today to chat with one of our friendly admissions advisors about the path that’s right for you.

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