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Where to Take GED Classes
There’s high school in the movies, and then there’s real life.
Whether or not your high school experience included the mean girls, glee club, and impromptu song and dance routines, the truth is, high school’s not for everyone and that’s OK.There are so many education options these days and for many people the traditional high school route just was not for them. But just because you didn’t opt to dedicate four years of your life to taking notes while teachers lecture about lab safety or Shakespeare, this does not mean that you should opt out of taking GED classes. Successful completion of General Education Development, or GED, exam opens doors to career possibilities that without, could limit your personal development and income.
Why Take GED Classes?
GED Leads to Higher Salary
Well for one, you can expect to make more money with a GED. High-school degrees or equivalent earn about $10,000 more per year or about $400,000 more in their lifetime than those that did not graduate high school or take GED classes (Smart Assets).
GED Means More Opportunities
Having a foundation of basic logic, reasoning, english, and math skills will always help you on a day-to-day basis in making decisions and interacting with people on the job. To get a job in the first place, though, a basic education is often required. Unless you aspire to work in a factory, fast-food, or manual labor, educational background is often the first thing employers look at on a resume when considering a potential hire. Also, every job you decide to do requires some kind of training. The more specialized or regulated your industry, the more specific this training gets. Keep in mind that specialized skill-sets and experience are harder to come by, and that also creates opportunities to make higher income. If you decide that you want to enroll in a more specialized career training program like Southern Careers Institute, or any college or university, you will need your high school diploma, or its equivalency. This is where GED classes will come in handy.
Many admissions representatives like the ones at Southern Careers Institute are specially trained to help guide you to a career path that you’ll love. Call (844) 921-0030 to speak to a career specialist today.
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What is the GED Exam like?
The GED exam consists of 5 sections–Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science. It takes about 7.5 hours to complete. You must also take it at an approved testing center in your area. This may sound daunting, but the key to success is preparation. Each section scores range from 100-200, and a 150 is required for passing. If all this sounds daunting, know that it does not have to be. Preparation is the key for success, and you can prepare by taking any number of low-cost or free GED classes.
GED Classes — Getting Started
Before you consider GED classes, look up what your state requires for high school equivalency testing. If you are in Texas, for instance, you need to be 18 years of age, provide a valid ID, and proof of residency, and not be enrolled in an accredited high school. Full eligibility requirements for the state of Texas can be found here.
GED Class Options
There are many affordable options and organizations out there to help you excel in your GED exam. Here are a few below:
They claim to be “the only home study course that is 100% aligned to the GED Test Objectives” and they are approved by GED Testing Services. You can expect to pay $15 a month for 6 courses.
Your local library will often have free resources and study guides to prepare you for the GED exam. A quick google search of “closest library” will quickly reveal all the libraries nearest to your location. Different locations may have different materials, so calling is the fastest way to find out what is available.Consider obtaining the GED as a key to unlock doors to a greater career and life. And do not forget that should you need any assistance in finding a career path that you can be proud of, the career experts at Southern Careers Institute are always here to help. Learn more by filling out the below form, and we wish you the best of luck in your future successes.
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