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What’s the Difference Between a GED and a High School Diploma?

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The GED test is designed for adults over the age of 16 who haven't earned a high school diploma and aren't currently enrolled in high school. For current students who are considering leaving high school early, the GED test can also provide an alternative to graduation.

However, unless extreme circumstances are forcing an individual out of high school, it typically makes more sense to earn a diploma. At a minimum, all students should need to meet with a school counselor before choosing to drop out and pursue the GED certificate.

Learn more about the differences between a High School Diploma and a GED by clicking the link below so that you better understand your options. 


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