If you’re done with high school, or about to be, and were unable to graduate, don’t give up. You can still get a high school diploma whether you dropped out or did not have enough course credits. Or you can pursue your education goals at a community college without one.
It will take dedication and a commitment on your part. How much time it will take will depend on how much work you have to make up — and how much energy you are willing to put it into it to make it happen.
But it is worth the effort — and never too late. A high school diploma is your passport to a more interesting and better-paying job. Those who do not complete high school will earn, on average, between $280,000 and $350,000 less than high school graduates during their working life, according to 2015 estimates reported by the Social Security Administration. And 17 percent of 20- to 24-year-olds who do not have a high school diploma are unemployed, based on 2016 data from the National Center for Education Statistics.
There are many ways outside of high school to get a diploma, its equivalent or further education. This Q&A focuses on those options.
How can I still get a diploma?
Most communities in California offer adult education classes through your local school district or community college, which let you make up credits that you need to graduate. Adult ed programs are open to students who are 18 years or older. Usually they are free to local residents.
If you are younger than 18, you still might be eligible. You can take these classes if you are pregnant or taking care of your child, have a written agreement with your school district that allows you to take adult ed classes instead of high school classes, or you are an “emancipated minor,” which requires court permission to allow you to be free from parental control.
Check with your guidance counselor, a teacher or the school district office to find out about Adult Ed programs near you. Or go to California’s adult education website and click on “Directory of Schools,” and then on “California Adult Education Provider Directory.”
In addition, ask your high school counselor, principal or a teacher what your school district offers students who cannot graduate by the end of their senior year. Ask them if the district allows seniors to stay in high school over the summer or sometimes for an additional year to complete their course work. If you are in special education, you can stay in school until you are 22 years old.
Can I get a diploma without taking additional courses?
You can take one of two national tests – the High School Equivalency Exam or the GED – instead of completing coursework. If you pass one of these tests, you will get the equivalent of a diploma.
Both tests measure a student’s ability to do high school-level work, but they have different eligibility requirements and different strengths and weaknesses.
The High School Equivalency Test, administered by the Educational Testing Service, is only available to students who are 17 or 18 years old and meet certain eligibility requirements.
The exam includes five subtests. Four of the subtests – reading, math, science and social studies – consist of multiple-choice questions. The fifth subtest on writing includes an essay as well as multiple-choice questions. Each subtest costs $10 to take. The exam is offered on paper or online and is available in both English and Spanish. Students with disabilities can request what are called “accommodations” to allow them to take the test.
Most students need to study the subject areas before taking the test. To find out how much studying you may need to do, take a look at some sample test questions. If you have struggled academically, it would be advisable to take a preparation course beforehand, or if you work well on your own, buy test preparation materials such as the The Official Guide to the HSET, which may also be available for free in your local library.
Most Adult Ed programs and community colleges offer classes that help students prepare to pass the General Educational Development Test or GED. The GED is recognized nationally as an acceptable substitute for a high school diploma and is a valuable asset for pursuing career and educational opportunities. It has tests in math, reading, writing, social studies and science. You can take the test in English or Spanish.
The exam takes about 7 ½ hours to complete and includes multiple-choice and essay questions. You may take the exam at testing centers for a $150 fee. You may retake the exam or sections you have not passed, often for an additional fee. Also check with your school district to see if the district offers the GED test at a lower price.
Students who are within 60 days of their 18th birthday or older can take the GED. Under certain circumstances, 17-year-olds can also take the exam. Special education students can request “accommodations,” such as more time to take the exam, by contacting the testing center at least 30 days before the test.
In addition, many local GED testing centers have preparation programs available without charge or can refer you to a preparation program. Most bookstores and public libraries have GED test-preparation materials if you are able to study for the GED on your own.
Khan Academy, an online resource, offers free math practice for the GED test. And the creators of the GED also offer a free online “test prep toolkit” that covers all sections of the test. In addition, Study Guide Zone offers a free study guide, practice tests and skill building exercises.
For more information, go to the California Department of Education’s website on the GED and click on “Find out more about the GED test in California.” Or call 1-877-392-6433 for information in English or 1-877-450-3276 for information in Spanish.
If you are deciding between getting your GED or getting your high school diploma by taking summer classes, returning to high school, or enrolling in Adult Ed classes, consider the following:
- How many courses do you have to take to be eligible for a diploma? If that number is high, you might prefer taking the GED because it will take less time.
- How old are you? The GED may be more appropriate if you are 20 or older and have been out of school for a while.
- Some employers require or prefer the high school diploma to the GED.
I need to support myself. Are there any programs that provide a salary or financial support while I’m studying for my high school diploma or GED?
Some organizations offer help to students to get their high school diploma or GED and a salary as well.
Students who join Job Corps, a federal program, are paid a monthly allowance. Job Corps helps you learn a trade at the same time you are getting a high school diploma or GED. It also helps its graduates find jobs. This is a competitive program, and admission is not guaranteed. You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify.
To learn more, go to the program’s website or call 1-800-733-JOBS (or 1-800-733-5627). Operators who speak English and Spanish are available 24 hours a day. An operator will provide you with information about the program, refer you to the admissions counselor closest to your home, and mail you an information packet.
You can earn a GED or high school diploma as a member of the California Conservation Corps (CCC), a competitive state program for 18- to 25-year-olds. You also learn life skills and work hard doing fire protection, emergency response or environmental conservation (such as building trails, planting trees or working in a salmon fishery). The CCC pays minimum wage and offers a grant for further education after you successfully complete the program. Some programs provide housing or a chance to travel to another country. Each year, the CCC participates in a work exchange with Conservation Volunteers Australia. For more details, go to the program’s website, or you can call 1-800-952-JOBS (or 1-800-952-5627) to get information in English and Spanish.
In addition, the state runs a Youth Employment Opportunity Program (YEOP) for 15- to 21-year-olds that offers peer advising, referrals to workshops and job placement assistance. Go to the program’s website for locations of YEOP programs and other information. Or call your local Employment Development Department to find out if there is a YEOP program near you.
Can I enroll in a job-training program before I earn a high school diploma, High School Equivalency Test or GED?
The 74 state-funded regional occupational centers and programs (ROCPs) offer career technical classes – for example, firefighting, carpentry, graphic arts, auto mechanics or health-related careers – to high school students and adults. No diploma or equivalent is required to take the courses, though high school students have priority for enrollment. Each center offers its own set of programs, and many of these centers also offer GED courses.
Go to the ROCP website to find a program near you, or ask your guidance counselor or a teacher.
In addition, there are apprenticeships, which offer on-the-job training in the skilled trades so you can learn to be, for example, a carpenter or electrician. Some apprenticeships require a high school diploma or equivalent, but some do not. To find out more about the minimum requirements for a variety of apprenticeships, check out the California Department of Industrial Relations website.
Do I need a diploma to go to college?
You will need a diploma to go to a four-year college, including public universities like the California State University or the University of California.
However, in California, you only need to be 18 years or older to attend a community college. A high school diploma is not required, though you may have to take remedial courses offered by the college and some majors, such as engineering, may require a GED before you can transfer to a four-year university. The requirements vary by college.
Besides preparing students to be able to transfer to four-year universities, community colleges also provide programs that prepare you for a specific occupation, such as firefighting, carpentry, auto mechanics, graphic arts and nursing. Go to your local college’s career center or admissions office and talk to one of its counselors. Or visit the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office website for a statewide list of colleges and their programs.
Can I get financial help to attend a community college?
Check out the website of the Student Aid Commission and click on “Financial Aid Programs,” then click on “Cal Grant Programs.” You can also call 1-888-CA-GRANT (or 1-888-224-7268) for information in English and Spanish to see if you qualify. Also check out the “I can afford college” website, which includes information on how to get a Board of Governors fee waiver. Fee waivers are awarded based on financial need. To qualify in 2016-17, students must have had family incomes for a family of four of $36,375 or less. But there are probably other forms of financial aid that you’re eligible for.
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Garrett Dayett 3 months ago3 months ago
Can I still get my high school diploma? I am 22 and only need 1 credit in English. what can I do?
Felix 7 months ago7 months ago
I’m 24 and I really want to get my high school diploma I need help to be able to help others cause I see people who needs help out there please
Douglas Chapman 2 years ago2 years ago
I was in special education and was never really taught how to read or do math. I was being warehoused until I aged out of school.At age 18 I was too far gone,
Pierre Levesque 2 years ago2 years ago
250k over the course of 60 years is nothing.
Samuel Boateng 2 years ago2 years ago
I dropped out from school when I was 18 ears old and like to get my high school diploma again. How can i get it?
Shanaysha Johnson 2 years ago2 years ago
I graduated high school in 2011. I graduated with a certificate of attendance, and unfortunately because I wasn’t able to pass my science and math proficiency’s, I wasn’t able to get a diploma. Is there anyway now with it being over 10 years later, I can get my diploma? I did have all my credits and more to end with.
Linda Hunesult 2 years ago2 years ago
Can you be given life credits at 40 years young to achieve your diploma? I need two English credits as life credits to get my diploma.
L'Tanya Luckie 3 years ago3 years ago
I dropped out of school when I was 15th years old! I had some college! I am 70 yrs old and would like my high school diploma! How can I take free high school credits?
Tawnie Meresa Scarborough 3 years ago3 years ago
Our daughter turns 18 on 11/20/20. In the meantime, she is locked into a poor online education system through her local high school. We had planned for her to test out early through CHSPE or GED. But as of this week, it appears those tests are not available to her either, as they been pushed back to 2021. She is desperate to move on to college, but the CA education system is preventing her from proving … Read More
Our daughter turns 18 on 11/20/20. In the meantime, she is locked into a poor online education system through her local high school.
We had planned for her to test out early through CHSPE or GED. But as of this week, it appears those tests are not available to her either, as they been pushed back to 2021.
She is desperate to move on to college, but the CA education system is preventing her from proving her academic abilities in her exit and forcing her to accept a year of subpar education or to ‘drop out’ and only have junior college options.
I suspect there are hundreds of ambitious high school seniors that are being lost in CA loop hole – where they are no longer being academically challenged for university and have lost their paths to exit early with honors.
Do you have any recommendations on how we as parents can support our daughter’s pursuits for better education and higher education?
Hyon S So 3 years ago3 years ago
Hi, I was kicked out of school my softmore year. and got my GED few years later, then was deported back to my country 8 years ago. Unfortunately, I can’t go to university with out my high school diploma from the States. What can I do to get my high school diploma?
Yaraisy Santiago 3 years ago3 years ago
HI do you guys have high school diploma programs and how much are they?
Sharon Hockett 3 years ago3 years ago
Where I can get a free high school diploma without paying for it at home?
Jesicka 3 years ago3 years ago
I read quite a few people worry about job applications or promotions requiring high school diplomas but don’t have one. Have you ever considered just saying you do and worry about it if they ask to see it? You’ve gotten this far with out it push that envelope a little further to buy more time to get one. (Sent with gentle effect.)
john Mcall 3 years ago3 years ago
First, this is a complete lie. I’m 42, a high school dropout. My wife has her doctorate in physical therapy; together we make almost 200,000. I make almost twice what she does, I’m trying to go to college to make more but running into issues because of my high school diploma/GED. I already have enough college credits but can’t receive my degree without it!
Rosalia Reyes 3 years ago3 years ago
I am willing to do all the time that I need for my credits to get my high school diploma.
Louise Ocran 3 years ago3 years ago
I really want to learn and get a good job to better my life!
Please help me…
Emily 3 years ago3 years ago
Hi, I’m 19 and only have a middle school education, how can still get my diploma without going to high school, cause it’s too late for me. I’m trying to look into online schools but I’m not sure how they work, so if anyone has any advice, that would really help me.
Mom 3 years ago3 years ago
Innovation High School is an option for you and it’s free.
Angel 3 years ago3 years ago
You have to be 22years old to register for the program mentioned by “Mom”
Gia 3 years ago3 years ago
Hi Leah, Keep the faith, and your chin up. Stay the course and encouraged and never allow anyone to make you feel invisible or devalued. Like you, I also had learning differences which at the time weren't addressed. My words may sound harsh and even bitter, but I want to be real with you. How dare someone, anyone tell you that even with vocational training that you must have a piece of paper that dates back … Read More
Keep the faith, and your chin up. Stay the course and encouraged and never allow anyone to make you feel invisible or devalued. Like you, I also had learning differences which at the time weren’t addressed. My words may sound harsh and even bitter, but I want to be real with you. How dare someone, anyone tell you that even with vocational training that you must have a piece of paper that dates back 32 years and has no bearing on your ability to do a job you’ve been trained for!!!
Like you, I’m in my 50’s and also did not complete general studies, however, I went on to become successful in my own right. I am not ashamed nor should you be; we did the best we knew to do, or could do at the time.
Further, I’d like to make this point: My 50 something year old sister has a Bachelor’s degree. At some point she married, raised children and later sadly went through a devastating divorce. She’s tried to find work, and based on her past work history in management and education, thought by now she’d end up with a decent job. Now, she’s being told that her Bachelor’s degree is “too old” and doesn’t count. Wow!! So much for the old HS diploma…not even a 4 year college degree gets you in the door anymore.
The institutionalized hypocrisy that is the Educational system is flat-out flawed. I’m so disenchanted with the so called educational establishment – and my bottom line here is, nobody has the right to deny anyone access to work based on something that has no bearing on whether a person has the qualification, ability, or wherewithal and character to do the job.
Sadly, what was previously considered entry level jobs are now requiring GED or high school. Ask yourselves why – what’s the reasoning behind something like this being permitted to take people like you and myself out of the running.
I can give you several answers and all of them would be intellectually intolerant to those who enjoy being politically correct. It is too bad that companies, and organizations look at pedigrees, which often are tied to the narrative educational systems espouse and let’s be clear here…pedigree-ism encourages managers to look for diverse attributes that have nothing with you and I, or any person outside of their defined parameters. The ism of Ageism is alive and well, and if you don’t have many of the defining attributes today’s workplaces are looking for, you are out. That’s just one of the hurdles people over 45 are facing today. Bald? Heavy set? The inconvenience of your skin color all factor in.
Today people with college degrees are struggling to find work and the impersonal process puts and pits them up against 3000 other applicants. Degrees saturate the workplace (and environment) like wet TP and yet often people are doing work and jobs that have nothing to do with their studies or the field they intended to work in. To say nothing of how technology has completely taken over the application process – how do any of us stand a chance. Say what you want, but these are the facts and if they don’t disgust you, they should.
Source: Myself, who has faced major bias for what didn’t matter when what did, was what made me and put me on a path to success.
Zach 3 years ago3 years ago
I want to clear up some confusion in the article about eligibility for High School Proficiency Exams. At least in California, you need to be age 16 or have completed the 10th grade to sit for the California High School Proficiency Exam. This means that if you are 16 years old you can take the exam, but if you are a younger child or teen who has completed 10th grade coursework you can also take … Read More
I want to clear up some confusion in the article about eligibility for High School Proficiency Exams. At least in California, you need to be age 16 or have completed the 10th grade to sit for the California High School Proficiency Exam. This means that if you are 16 years old you can take the exam, but if you are a younger child or teen who has completed 10th grade coursework you can also take the CHSPE. In California there are many child actors who take the CHSPE so they can get their work permit before they turn 18 years old. There are also many children who home schooled at an accelerated pace who can and do take a pass the CHSPE very young and then go on to college.
Leah 3 years ago3 years ago
I am so desperate and reside in Thousand Palms, CA. I have been fortunate to have been granted decent employment opportunities and am a dedicated employee who has been promoted to management for a few well-known companies. I have a family and am a high school dropout. I attended and graduated from vocational training that took me without my GED or diploma, which in the end did very little. I need my diploma/GED … Read More
I am so desperate and reside in Thousand Palms, CA. I have been fortunate to have been granted decent employment opportunities and am a dedicated employee who has been promoted to management for a few well-known companies. I have a family and am a high school dropout. I attended and graduated from vocational training that took me without my GED or diploma, which in the end did very little.
I need my diploma/GED so I can work. I just turned 50, am the head of the household and now due to disability, can’t drive and public transportation is almost a mile away from my home and has very little service. I am looking online and need help. I can’t afford the 50 dollar a month tuition during the pandemic.
I am ashamed for not finishing and I need it more than ever. I am desperate and want to finish this so I can utilize my vocational training and work in the health-care industry. It’s not fair that the options are limited when other states have free online adult programs. The library has them but wants you to take on classes that I don’t need nor want. I don’t feel confident in GED, I was in special education classes primarily for math and science to subjects I still struggle with.
Why can’t there be online for those holding down 2 jobs, etc. Everyone I know that is in this situation and has yet to complete are hard workers, and we need help. I am not asking for a handout. I just wish that I could go somewhere closer which isn’t a 2 hour ride back and forth. Hot summer is about to arrive, making it worse.
Zach 3 years ago3 years ago
Hello, Leah. Don't give up. In California you can take the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE). The CHSPE exam only covers language arts and math and you pass it is equivalent to a high school diploma. You can study for the exam on your own at home and at your own pace and then take the exam. The exam is only 3.5 hours and is offered 2 or 3 times a year. The CHSPE … Read More
Hello, Leah. Don’t give up. In California you can take the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE). The CHSPE exam only covers language arts and math and you pass it is equivalent to a high school diploma. You can study for the exam on your own at home and at your own pace and then take the exam. The exam is only 3.5 hours and is offered 2 or 3 times a year. The CHSPE is a excellent option for people who can’t attend GED classes.
Personally, I think that too many people talk about the GED but it is the worst option for anyone who wants to get their high school diploma. The GED exam is too long and it covers too many subjects. Why take a long exam that covers more subjects when you could take the CHSPE? Please consider this.
Darlene Young 3 years ago3 years ago
I had a lot of different problems going to school and I’m special educational.
Mick Johnson 3 years ago3 years ago
I would love to make more money. I am 60 and didnt go to high school. I had many problems growing up. Can you help me? Thank you
Ashley green 3 years ago3 years ago
Great detailed information, mother of teen.
donna jones 3 years ago3 years ago
I am 60 years old and I would to get my GED online.
Chinique Patterson 3 years ago3 years ago
Can you help me I didn’t finish high school
Hazel W Sanchez 3 years ago3 years ago
I am 65 years old very unhappy because I got out of school in the sixth grade. Can you help me start over and get a real house school diploma that is accredited no matter where you go or what job you get?
Jennifer 3 years ago3 years ago
You can get a legitimate accredited high school diploma for free from an adult education provider in your area. Here’s a link to the California Adult Education Provider search page. https://otan.us/provider-directory/
syd 4 years ago4 years ago
If a child gets a cert of completion from a public school at 18, can they then go to a private school or file a PSA to get the actual diploma since they can go to school until age 22?
Mary Jean Smock 4 years ago4 years ago
I’ve been trying for so many years to get my hands on my GED. And never been able to but when I found out about classes online I thought I try it out.
Van Blanton 4 years ago4 years ago
Only need 4 credits to get a High School diploma. I am in my 50’s and the job I looking to get need a high school diploma. How can I get one fast?
Jimmie Forsström 4 years ago4 years ago
Hi Susan! I was born and am living in Sweden where as a 16 year old I dropped out during some difficult times and never got back on the learning horse. I was wondering after I stumbled upon a video of foreigner getting their high school diploma in another country and was wondering which colleges offers such options to get a diploma and associate's degree? I saw one in Seattle. Still I want to … Read More
Hi Susan! I was born and am living in Sweden where as a 16 year old I dropped out during some difficult times and never got back on the learning horse. I was wondering after I stumbled upon a video of foreigner getting their high school diploma in another country and was wondering which colleges offers such options to get a diploma and associate’s degree? I saw one in Seattle. Still I want to check more options. Do you know any i can look up?
Jamie Steiner 4 years ago4 years ago
Hello, So, my situation is unique. I actually just graduated from university but I never graduated high school. I was going through a lot during my senior year and one thing led to another and just never got my diploma. I did go to a community college, transferred and now have a bachelor's degree in Science. When I apply to jobs though I get a bit wary of putting not graduated high school since I … Read More
So, my situation is unique. I actually just graduated from university but I never graduated high school. I was going through a lot during my senior year and one thing led to another and just never got my diploma. I did go to a community college, transferred and now have a bachelor’s degree in Science. When I apply to jobs though I get a bit wary of putting not graduated high school since I have a bachelor’s and it seems backwards to not have an HS diploma. Should I still get a GED or can I get an equivalency degree without doing anything else since I have received higher education? I’m just wondering because I am employed but I don’t want anything like that to deter future employers from higher me.
Any advice helps, thanks!
Laura 4 years ago4 years ago
This is a very informative article but I wish one area would’ve been discussed and that’s how students who haven’t finished high school should/can go about taking the ACT or SAT test. For example, my daughter became disabled with severe medical problems after one year of high school so she had to leave. She’s now almost 20 and working on the Hi-Set test and we’ve been looking into colleges but some require that she have … Read More
This is a very informative article but I wish one area would’ve been discussed and that’s how students who haven’t finished high school should/can go about taking the ACT or SAT test. For example, my daughter became disabled with severe medical problems after one year of high school so she had to leave. She’s now almost 20 and working on the Hi-Set test and we’ve been looking into colleges but some require that she have both the Hi-Set diploma and ACT scores. But I was under the impression she couldn’t take the ACT test with only one year of high school completed. Or is it that she can take the ACT test after she completes the Hi-Set? It’s very confusing and it would be great to have this information as even the admissions directors at the schools seem confused about it.
Marie lubin 4 years ago4 years ago
I have all my credits but I couldn’t pass this one test to graduate.
Delicia Bryant 4 years ago4 years ago
I have all credits but cannot pass the test – very bad test anxiety.
Penny Albano 4 years ago4 years ago
This is probably really crazy but I'm 67 years old. I never finished high school, I also cannot afford to pay for anything. My income is $1,321/month. So before I even get my hopes up, I wanted to know if I even stand a chance at this. It's something I've always wanted to finish but was never able to. It haunts me to this day. … Read More
This is probably really crazy but I’m 67 years old. I never finished high school, I also cannot afford to pay for anything. My income is $1,321/month. So before I even get my hopes up, I wanted to know if I even stand a chance at this. It’s something I’ve always wanted to finish but was never able to. It haunts me to this day. I went to Ulysses S. Grant high school in North Hollywood. Finished 1/2 of the eleventh grade. I don’t know if I even have the focus to do this, but with help and support, I just might have a chance. I want to do this not only for myself but for my kids.
Thank you for your attention and consideration in this matter.
Crystal 4 years ago4 years ago
Just wanted to give you some encouragement. There’s no need for regrets. Age doesn’t matter. Get your GED if it’s something that would bring you joy and happiness. If you really want to… you can do it… just go for it!
Maria Montoya 5 years ago5 years ago
This is great information. I was a high school dropout myself and because I did not know about systems and options and no one offered information, it took me 11 years to get my B.A. Thank you, again.
Betty 5 years ago5 years ago
Hello and thank you for hosting this informational forum. I am nearing 60, have had a very good career up until I stopped working to care for my mother 3 years ago and now can’t seem to land a position, even though I’ve had multiple and great interviews. They just seem to fall off at the end of multiple interviews. I think I know why that is though. In my senior year in … Read More
Hello and thank you for hosting this informational forum. I am nearing 60, have had a very good career up until I stopped working to care for my mother 3 years ago and now can’t seem to land a position, even though I’ve had multiple and great interviews. They just seem to fall off at the end of multiple interviews.
I think I know why that is though. In my senior year in high school (1976), I was one history credit short of graduating because I failed the class. And because of a personal situation I never returned to re-take that class. I am wanting to return to school to get my BA degree in Design as that is the industry I have worked in my entire career. I obviously need my high school diploma to qualify for entering a BA program. So my question is, can I just re-take and pass that one failed history class to receive my diploma or have the high school requirements changed so significantly that I would need to satisfy the current high school curriculum in order to graduate?
jaileen 5 years ago5 years ago
I really hope my brother gets to finish his classes to go to college and start a new career
christina summers 5 years ago5 years ago
I would like to get a high school diploma or GED so I can advance on my job
Soumya Shrivastav 5 years ago5 years ago
Very good insight..
Gives a brief description of diploma course for high school.
Antanaya Mazzccua 5 years ago5 years ago
I’m 23 years old and trying to get my G.E.D and I don’t know what else to do because all the schools that I call or apply to want thousands of dollars, and I don’t have that type of money.
Maria Montoya 5 years ago5 years ago
Antanaya, please reach out to your nearest public high school and ask them to transfer you to the district’s adult education program. Or you can google adult education in (your city). You should get plenty of results for very, very low-cost program options. Don’t pay thousands of dollars for your GED, there are options, Reach out to a teacher, a friend, anyone. Good luck to you!
Christopher 5 years ago5 years ago
I was only 5 short due to electives. How can I save time and get these 5 covered? I also take classes at West Valley currently.
Willie 5 years ago5 years ago
I graduated out of high school, and receive a certificate I am 34 years old now and needing a diploma. Do I have to get the GED?
Poohbear 5 years ago5 years ago
I’m reading information on the web and some say you need a diploma or GED. Some say you do not need one, so which one is it? CSU or UC
Cornelia J Carroll 5 years ago5 years ago
A home study program?
el 5 years ago5 years ago
This article is very helpful, but it does make certain assumptions about the population of people in this circumstance.
For people lacking a diploma who are nevertheless good at exams, there are paths for admission to UC and CSU that involve the GED/equivalency exam and excellent scores on the SAT and SAT subject tests.
Once you have a degree from somewhere, it typically doesn’t matter if you graduated from high school or not.
Caroline 6 years ago6 years ago
In Chicago, my dad passed away in September of 1992, and I was not able to completely finish the 12 grade. I tried to go back in 1993 and was willing to re-do the 12th grade but was told I could not go to classes any more because I was 18 and would have to take the GED classes. I was so mad I did not want to take the GED night classes. And I … Read More
In Chicago, my dad passed away in September of 1992, and I was not able to completely finish the 12 grade. I tried to go back in 1993 and was willing to re-do the 12th grade but was told I could not go to classes any more because I was 18 and would have to take the GED classes. I was so mad I did not want to take the GED night classes. And I had no parent to come to the school and fight to get me back into high school. I did take GED classes but was too broke to take the test and had no money or idea where the test was held. So I had to get a job and had no time to even go out and take the test.
More then 20 years have gone by, and I’ve always wondered if I can still use the credits I did earn during the 12th grade. And is there a way to earn the last credit requirements that I still need to get my diploma?
The Deplorable Miss B 6 years ago6 years ago
My only complaint is that the GED and High School proficiency exams offer them in Spanish for an American diploma. No other languages are offered. I’ve seen students from Vietnam, China, the Middle East all struggle and fail these tests while Spanish speaking students are somehow deemed more valuable and given the test in their home language. Totally biased and geared to support the success of only one foreign speaking group rather than all.
Matt Jones 6 years ago6 years ago
I think the most important point that was missed is that the GED is not the only test approved in California to achieve a state High School Equivalency certificate. The author should have referenced all CDE approved options as posted at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/gd/ instead of referring to a product name like GED in place of the correct name of High School Equivalency certificate. Not one every gets a GED; you pass a test … Read More
I think the most important point that was missed is that the GED is not the only test approved in California to achieve a state High School Equivalency certificate. The author should have referenced all CDE approved options as posted at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/gd/ instead of referring to a product name like GED in place of the correct name of High School Equivalency certificate. Not one every gets a GED; you pass a test like the GED, HiSET or TASC to get the same state certificate.
Eric Premack 6 years ago6 years ago
The article misses one of the most important source of instruction for students who haven't graduated. Dozens of charter schools specialize in serving students who haven't graduated. While an arbitrary age cap limits most charter schools to students who haven't yet hit their 20th birthday, there are many others that have special dispensation to serve older students too. Many offer innovative and flexible instructional methods, including project-based instruction, online instruction, team-teaching, … Read More
The article misses one of the most important source of instruction for students who haven’t graduated. Dozens of charter schools specialize in serving students who haven’t graduated. While an arbitrary age cap limits most charter schools to students who haven’t yet hit their 20th birthday, there are many others that have special dispensation to serve older students too. Many offer innovative and flexible instructional methods, including project-based instruction, online instruction, team-teaching, intensive tutoring, independent study, one-subject-at-a-time, flexible scheduling, etc., to help non-traditional students to succeed. The California Department of Education’s web site has a list of schools–searching by county and pursuing the schools’ web sites is probably a good way to identify potential matches: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ds/si/cs/ap/rpt.asp?s=2