Trying to decide between a GED and a BlueSky diploma? The facts below will help you weigh your options.
A: A high school diploma carries much more weight with college admissions officers, military recruiters, and human resources personnel who are hiring for entry-level positions.
For example, if two applicants were to apply for the same job and one has a diploma and the other a GED, the person with the diploma would most likely get the position. There are actually some companies that will not hire someone without a high school diploma!
A high school diploma shows the ability to be persistent and work hard over the “long haul,” which is often regarded by employers or recruiters as a positive characteristic. A GED could be viewed as a “quick fix” by some.
Generally, salaries of people who have high school diplomas are higher than of those with a GED.
A: BlueSky Online School is a public high school and thus offers a free high school education. A GED student might have to pay for the exam.
Students can also start working on college credit at BlueSky at no cost. Eligible 11th and 12th graders can earn college credits through free online courses offered through BlueSky’s partnership with Rasmussen College. BlueSky students also can enroll in Minnesota’s Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program, in which students can take college courses at participating colleges and universities, also for no fee.
A: State law requires that a person be 19 years old or has not attended high school for 12 consecutive months before taking the GED. There are very few exceptions to this rule. Sometimes there are waiting lists to take the GED exam, with students over the age of 21 given priority.
Q: How difficult is the GED exam compared with the state tests required for a high school diploma?
A: The GED exam is harder to pass than most students realize. Students need to study and prepare for 5 different academic areas and pass at 60% or higher. In fact, a recent test was given to graduating seniors and 40% were not able to pass the GED exam!
If a high school student is unable to pass the BSTs or the GRAD tests (depending on assigned graduation year), he or she would more than likely have a difficult time passing the GED exam.
A: GED students usually don’t get a lot of teacher support in studying for the GED exam. At BlueSky Online School, each of our students enjoys the support of a three-person team made up of a caring teacher, counselor, and social worker, who work with the student throughout their time at BlueSky. BlueSky also offers special classes to prepare students for required state tests.
A: The path toward earning a high school diploma better prepares a student for college and beyond. Frequent, one-on-one contact with teachers sharpens students’ communication skills. Students at BlueSky Online School are guided to learn to prioritize, manage their time, set goals, develop work plans, and see tasks through to completion – all skills that will serve them throughout their lives.