By Michael Ormsby
After you’ve been out of school for a while, it’s easy to start wondering: Is it too late to get my GED diploma? With the GED® diploma, the most accepted high school equivalency diploma in the U.S. and Canada, it’s never too late. The GED exam was created as a way to help soldiers returning from World War II get back on track with their education. The program has been expanded to help any adult who needs a high school diploma. Passing the GED Test qualifies you for more jobs and higher education, and that’s a good thing at any age.
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Adults of all ages study to get a GED diploma each year, and pass. In 2007, Evie Eaves of Amarillo, Texas earned her GED test credential at 97 years old, becoming the oldest GED recipient. Evie, who was born in 1910, grew up on a farm in Oklahoma where the nearest high school was a seven mile walk. Her great-granddaughter urged her to get her GED diploma. Family, friends, and the staff at her retirement community helped Evie to get a GED test credential, an accomplishment that made her feel she could do anything.
Let Evie’s accomplishment be an inspiration to you, too. Each week, there are new stories of people of all ages passing the GED Test. Twenty-two years after coming to the U.S., Vietnamese immigrant Linh Wight, after a long struggle to learn English, earned her GED credential in Newnan, Georgia in 2009, and days later was accepted at the University of West Georgia. It wasn’t too late for her to get a GED diploma.
Learners who achieve their GED credential earn pride in their accomplishment. Sherry, a GED Academy student who studied with online GED courses, writes: “I passed the GED test! Thanks for all of your help. Now I’ll be able to pursue my dreams of nursing.” Zaher, also a GED Academy student, writes: “I am proud that I got my GED and very happy with it, especially after I learned that no one from my country has attempted that before!”
The GED test credential is an important achievement for most learners. It represents a triumph that they can be proud of, as well as a road to future success with a new career or a college education. Only a few years after dropping out of high school, some learners begin doubting if they’re too old to go back. They think of preparing to get a GED diploma like “high school,” for 18 or 20-year-olds... but thousands of people in their fifties, sixties, and even older get their GED test credentials. It’s never too late to get a GED diploma.
If you’re ready for a fresh start, for more education, or for a better career, it’s not too late to get a GED diploma. There are many resources to help you prepare. Most areas offer a low-cost or free GED class at a local GED community college, adult school, or library. Online GED courses like the GED Academy can be quick and easy, and eliminate problems with transportation and childcare. The learners who make a commitment to get their GED diplomas never regret their achievement.
Michael Ormsby is the president of the GED Academy and oversees software and curriculum for adult learners and people with educational challenges. For more information, visit passGED.com. Michael can be contacted by telephone at 800-460-8150.