GED Diploma vs. High School Diploma

Contrary to High School Diploma holders, there are still often stigmas related to GED® (or HiSET-TASC) recipients.

It’s often perceived that they started out as high school dropouts, or that they wanted to take an education shortcut, or that they lack persistence and motivation.

Today, GED is in line with college expectations

The latest version of the GED  test, as well as the HiSET and TASC exams, are far more in line with college expectations and industry requirements, and holders of the new GED -HiSET-TASC diploma are certainly at least as well-educated as regular high school graduates, but it will take time before the stigmas connected with the GED -HiSET-TASC credential will have disappeared, if that will happen at all. Here is information about online GED courses.

The existing stigmas are accounting only partly for the pretty substantial earnings difference between high school graduates and GED diploma holders.

The differences may be stunning, and there are quite a few educational institutions that have the outspoken opinion that TASC, HiSET, or GED test recipients, who often lacked a few years of partaking in social high school life, cannot be as well educated and shaped as those who enjoyed four years of robust and full-time high school life and received a thorough secondary education not only on knowledge, but also on building social, communication, and community skills. These schools (and maybe some employers as well) feel that taking four tests over possibly a 2-year period, cannot compare to a high school education.

Successful People with the GED Diploma

On the other hand, not all of us are lucky enough to grow up in a safe and caring environment, and it’s only good that there are parallel educational possibilities for the less fortunate to get a comparable education degree later in life. We all know the stories of young adults who grew up in misery, in extreme poverty, or who had to take care of their families at a young age. Not all GED test holders are dropouts or failures, and the number of well-known and famous American GED test holders is impressive.

In the past decades, we saw a growing number of students that chose to leave high school prematurely to get their HSE diploma. Often they were not totally aware of the sometimes devastating consequences of their decisions. Many studies additionally indicated that, while high school graduates and HSE diploma holders may have comparable scholastic abilities (meaning they had more or less equivalent studying capacities).

Those who were holding a HSE diploma were often not as persistent as their high school counterparts, and they often lacked motivation and reliability, the so-called cognitive skills. Therefore, employers may be careful when hiring a HSE diploma holder. They may fear that kept them from finishing their high school education, will result also in other irresponsible behavior on the work floor. This may in many cases not be true at all, it is still a factor many employers take into account when deciding on hiring new workers.

Studies also show that in college, there are also some remarkable differences. Almost three out of four HSE holders that decide to continue their academic education in college, will not continue studying after they went through their first semester in college. Studies also indicate that not even one in twenty HSE holders who decide to go to college will continue to earn a bachelor’s degree.

For high school graduates, this number is almost one out of three, so these studies are indicating that, in general, those students who completed high school are better prepared for a college education and they usually also reach higher scores than their HSE counterparts on college placement tests.

There additionally has been done a lot of research on earnings potential. We see that high school diploma holders make, on average, some $1,200 more per month that HSE holders. Unfortunately, there are so many differences in both education results, pay options, and career possibilities between TASC, HiSET, or GED test diploma holders and high school graduates that we should not deny the reality. We may safely say that, generally, there are huge differences between HSE holders and high school graduate.

If you are at the point of dropping out of school and not sure what to do, give some thought this information. Quitting school may affect your life in a way that you don’y yet see. If you have the choice, and if you can earn your high school diploma, I would think twice before choosing the GED test, TASC, or HiSET path. Be also aware that the dropout rate for HSE holders in our military service is almost 50 percent, and less than 25 percent high school diploma holders.

Then again, the GED program went through it’s most massive reconstruction in seven decades, and we can already see that the new GED test diploma is regarded again a real equivalent to a standard high school diploma. The bar has been raised, most multiple-choice questions have been replaced by essay-styled answering, and thanks to computer-based testing will most GED test graduates have a well-rounded basic understanding of working with computers, nowadays an absolute necessity on the contemporary work floor.

Please don’t forget that the GED exam, and also the HiSET and TASC, is set up and scored at a level that only 60 percent of all high school graduates would be able to pass it. Use our GED -HiSET-TASC video lessons and free GED practice tests to get all set for the high school equivalency tests.


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