Why Should I Get A GED?

Are you giving up on your dream of earning your high school equivalency because you’ve heard the GED, TASC, and HiSET are simply too hard or too expensive? If that’s the case, then I would encourage you to keep reading, because the reasons for getting your high school equivalency far outweigh any reasons not to.

Critical Thinking

A major component of the tests is the requirement to demonstrate your critical thinking skills through persuasive writing. And it’s a good thing that the tests encourage you to practice this. Critical thinking is the ability to analyze and evaluate an issue to form an independent judgment. And, it is a skill that can be learned over time, especially through practice. Most of the work you’ll do in college requires critical thinking, and critical thinking is cited most often by employers as the skill they are seeking in their employees.

So, while high school equivalency tests may have gotten harder, they also now more accurately measure the knowledge and skills needed to go on to be successful in college or in the workforce.

Earn College Credit Immediately

Remedial classes are courses designed to get you prepared to do actual college work. They cost just as much as courses that count for college credit but they don’t go towards a degree. The added cost and the added time of taking remedial courses can be discouraging, to say the least. Students entering two year and four year colleges, who need to take remedial classes in one or more subjects are much less likely to graduate. Studying for the GED, HiSET, and TASC helps students pass placement tests and go straight into those classes that count towards a degree, saving money and valuable time.

Earn More

Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase, “The more you learn, the more you earn.” This has never been more true. The charts below show the median income of men and women, ages 25 and up, broken down by their highest level of education obtained.

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You’ll notice that there’s a significant jump just for getting a high school diploma or passing a high school equivalency test. Getting “some college” is almost as valuable as earning an Associate’s Degree. So, if you ever thought the hard work to obtain your high school equivalency and attend college wasn’t worth it, think again. In a recent survey of students studying for the GED, two of the three main reasons sighted for wanting to obtain their credentials were: “to get a better job,” and “to get more education.” Looking at these charts, it’s safe to say that the two goals are closely related.

Still not convinced? Take a look at these charts that show lifetime income broken down by level of education obtained. It’s pretty staggering.

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Yes, you read that right. Millions of dollars over a lifetime.

Satisfaction

But, everything isn’t about money. There’s the third reason most people want to earn their high school equivalency – personal satisfaction, a sense of accomplishment. Historically, the GED (now the HiSET and the TASC as well) has been the second most popular way to get a high school credential after the traditional high school. Completing your education through the GED, HiSET or TASC will help you feel more confident about yourself and prove to others that you are not a quitter. It feels great to set the record straight and be a good example to people you care about.

Recap

So, while the GED, TASC, and HiSET are not easy, the reasons for you to tackle the challenge and ace them have never been more important. If you can do well on your high school equivalency test, you won’t need remediation once you go to college and your income will go up for the rest of your life. You’ll have that sense of accomplishment that you finished your education and that can never be taken away from you.

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