# How to Get a GED Certificate Fast

The GED® Certificate is awarded to a student who passes the four subject tests of the GED exam. The GED Certificate is also known as a GED Diploma and it’s the alternative to a common High School Degree.

Earning your GED Diploma may take some time and requires some effort on your behalf but doing so is absolutely worth the time and effort.

It is your passport toward better-paying and more interesting jobs and allows for a college education.

Across North America, the GED diploma is accepted in the same way as a standard high school diploma by government agencies, academic institutions, and employers.

## Is there a paper-based GED test?

Paper-based GED testing is NOT possible. The alternatives high school equivalency tests HiSET and TASC are available both on paper and on a computer, but the GED is offered exclusively in a computer-based format.

Be aware, though, that in New Jersey, a state that offers all three options, only computerized testing is possible. If you want to see which option(s) your state uses, go to this post.

## Can I take a job-training course before I’ve earned my GED?

Many community colleges and occupational centers offer career or technical classes for adults working toward their GED certificate. Courses offered include often auto mechanics, firefighting, healthcare-related, carpentry, or graphic arts.

These courses are, in general, open to HS students and adults. Usually, there are no diploma requirements to attend these courses, though often, HS students are prioritized for enrollment.

## Does my GED qualify me for college?

Yes, it does. Your GED certificate is equivalent to a common high school diploma and does get you into college. Practically all 2 and 4-year colleges and public and private universities recognize your GED credential in the same way as a high school degree. In California, however, the situation is slightly different. There, you just must be at least 18 years of age to attend community college courses.

There, a high school or GED diploma is not a requirement but applicants may need to take remedial college courses, and to be able to sign up for majors like engineering, a GED or HS diploma may be required before students qualify for a four-year college or university program.

The adult education department of many community colleges offers GED preparatory classes, often at no charge. Right after testing, your scores and will be available to you and you may also request a transcript. Holding a high school diploma or GED is required for just about any job and if you receive a decent form of training at an education site, your future will be bright and shining!

Last Updated on November 17, 2020.