If you’re asking yourself this question, most likely you’re in high school considering whether to stay in high school or drop out and get a GED later.
The short answer? Stay in high school and graduate.
The U.S. has a 30% high school drop out rate. In some large urban areas, the drop out rate is in the 40’s. So a lot of young people are dropping out of high school.
They’re bored with school. Perhaps they are pregnant. They are bullied in high school. They have fallen behind in their studies and feel like they’ll never catch up with the rest of the class. They feel stupid, even if they aren’t. They need to make money for their family to survive. Some teenagers are homeless, surviving on the streets, and high school is the least of their problems. Some kids are on drugs. Some kids think they are smart enough to drop out of high school and pass the GED soon after they drop out.
All these reasons are valid, but stay in high school. Even if it takes maybe a 5th year to graduate from high school, keep at it.
Practically speaking, if you thought high school was tough, do you think you’ll be able to better focus on your studies for a GED after high school.
It’s harder getting a GED after high school because:
- Now you have one or two kids.
- You need two jobs because one job doesn’t pay enough at high school drop out wages.
- You’re depressed.
- Your parents are counting on you even more now that you can work full time.
- Now that you are an adult, you party like an adult and find your precious study time slipping away.
- You’re in jail (high school dropouts are more likely to end up in jail).
Since you are researching the phrase GED or High School Graduation on the Internet, it proves you’re actually a bright young person. You are looking at your alternatives.
Graduating from high school means taking various 1 hour tests, writing papers, sitting in class over a 4 year period. Not once did anyone ask you to take a 7 hour test during high school.
Passing a GED test means sitting for a supervised 7 hour test in a strange environment surrounded by people you don’t know who don’t care how well you do on the test. The GED test site people will be helpful, but taking a 7 hour test to pass the GED won’t be fun.
GED or High School Graduation? Stay in high school, get counseling for the problems you might be having (poor grades, pregnancy, need part-time work). Tell anyone who will listen that you need help in getting your high school diploma.
Good luck and best wishes.