For today's student, online test preparation can provide a valuable and affordable way to work toward a high school equivalency (HSE) diploma. But there are a growing number of companies and schools who aren't really in the business of education. Instead, their biggest business is selling a so-called "online GED" or a fake "GED test online," along with worthless so-called "GED transcripts."
To get a high school equivalency diploma, you need to take one of three tests: the GED test, the HiSET exam, or the TASC test. Which tests are offered depends on your state. None of these exams can be taken online. They're only offered at official test centered.
Official state-issued high school equivalency diplomas have value and are meaningful for adults who never completed high school. These diplomas are accepted by almost all U.S. colleges and employers. Not so with a fake "online GED." Diplomas or transcripts from online tests and "life experience" are worthless fakes that colleges and employers will reject.
Unfortunately, students and adult learners are often misled by online diploma factories or diploma mills. Here's a recent letter from a new GED test student, who learned about one education business the hard way:
"I paid $250 and got this paper in the mail, but it didn't help me get a better job. It was a ripoff. It wasn't until my boss told me that I found out it wasn't a real high school. It wasn't even a real high school diploma, just something somebody made on a computer. But it looked like a real school. With a real test."
This student's story is typical and becoming more common every day. Taking the GED test online seems to make sense. But you can't take your GED test online. The test is only offered at official test centers, so that monitors can make sure test-takers follow the testing rules.
Many adult learners fall victim to online "GEDs" or online high school scams, usually paying $200 to $800 in tuition, testing, and transcript or diploma fees. But the non-official documents have no value.
Online schools and programs sometimes claim to be accredited, but it turns out, they're "accredited" by their own fake agency. When it comes to employers, job training programs, tech school, community colleges, and universities, bogus diplomas are useless. Remember: official high school equivalency diplomas are issued by your state government. The tests aren't offered online.
A real HSE diploma based on a GED test, HiSET exam, or TASC test is very useful. For today's 39 million or more U.S. adults who never graduated from high school, a diploma is a passkey to both career and educational opportunities. Approximately 95 percent of employers and 97 percent of U.S. colleges and universities accept a GED, HiSET, or TASC diploma because it really is an official credential awarded by your state government. It's meaningful, and it has real value.
When choosing an education program, the best bet is a local class, an online program, or self-guided study for the GED test, HiSET exam, or TASC test. If an online class is the best solution for you, look for a program that includes all study material needed to prepare for the high school equivalency test in your area. The only online programs approved by the GED Testing Service and the Educational Testing Service are GED Academy and HiSET Academy.
Here are some guidelines for finding real online prep programs and avoiding bogus schools or fake online "GED" scams:
Education is probably the best investment you can make in yourself. Make sure your investment is a good one and gives you a return that's worthwhile. A high school equivalency diploma might be harder to get than a $250 online diploma. Still, you sure can count on it to take you to where you want to go.
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