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What You Need to Know About Completing High School

Completing High SchoolIn today's competitive world, the need to complete high school is more important than ever. From professional jobs to city agencies, almost all of today's well-paying jobs require at least a General Education Development (GED) or high school diploma as a minimum requirement to get your foot in the door.

If you dropped out of high school as a teenager, that doesn't mean your school days have to be over. You're never too old to complete high school, and it's not as difficult as you may fear even if you've been out of the classroom for a number of years. Whether you go the most popular route of working toward passing the GED test, or you opt to finish high school online, you can complete high school at your convenience. Once you do, expect better opportunities to come your way.

High School Equivalency: Earning Your GED
To enroll in a GED program or register to take the GED exam, the rules are simple: You cannot already be in high school and you must be at least 16 years old. (Check with your local GED office as some states' minimum age is 18).

The goal of the GED is to determine general high school-level knowledge in five areas: math, science, reading, writing, and social studies. Completing all five sections of the exam will take about seven hours. While passing requirements vary by state, usually a minimum score of between 50 to 60 percent will earn you a GED.

Students can take the GED at a local testing location. Visit the American Council on Education's (ACE) Website to find a testing site near you.

High-Tech Option: Complete High School Online
For students who wish to learn from home and at their own pace, the option to attend an online high school is gaining popularity. To complete high school online, you'll take typical high school courses including American and world history; biology, Earth science and physical science; English; mathematics; and elective courses in areas like art, music, or language. Just be careful: Although many online schools boast that they are accredited, you'll want to be sure that your diploma will really count. A legitimate online high school should be accredited by either the Council for Higher Accreditation (CHEA) and/or the United States Department of Education (USDE).

No matter the route you choose, the accomplishment of completing high school will open new doors. And who knows? Maybe you'll even be inspired to continue on and earn college credits.