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A high school diploma is an ideal condition to prepare you for a career or college studies. But to complete this route, it requires four years and some people don’t have the option or conditions to attend high school if they drop out during their teenage years.

Luckily, within only a few months, GED graduates can prepare to earn their certificate, and the test can be taken even by anyone even those past high school age.

Ultimately, both options are a great way to gain knowledge and life experience to open up new opportunities, including higher salary, continue your study, and career advancement.

Here is some information about “what happens when you pass all 4 GED tests?”


1. Do GED scores expire?

If you took the latest GED test version (computer-based), your scores do not expire. If you passed two parts of the computer-based GED test, for example, Maths and Science, your passing scores for these two subtests are valid all the time.

There’s no need to renew your diploma or take additional classes to maintain the validity of your diploma. Once you’ve passed all four GED subtests, you’ll get your diploma and it will retain its validity forever! This means once you’ve achieved your GED, the diploma can be used for obtaining a better chance of employment or to continue your academic education in college or university.

Practically all North American employers, governmental agencies, institutions of higher education, and the U.S. Armed Forces admit and accept the GED credential just like a high school diploma.


2. What can I do with my GED?

As mentioned above, once you have your GED, there are two main ways you can take advantage of your new diploma: you can pursue higher education or get advanced in your career.

2.1. Higher education

There are many reasons to continue a college degree including increased career opportunities and better payment.  To achieve this goal, you'll first need to decide on your long-term goals. If you already have a desired job in mind, carefully find out what the typical educational requirements for it, including specific subject areas and advanced degrees. 

Once you've determined the strategy that meets all your goals, look for local schools that offer suitable opportunities. If you're not sure what you want to do in the long run, you should start your study with a local 2-year institution. Community colleges often offer lower tuition and convenient locations. Earning an associate's degree can also lower time as well as fee required to earn a bachelor's degree if you eventually transfer to a 4-year college or university.

2.2. Advance your career

Even if you do not continue long-term postsecondary education, your GED transcript can also help you open the door to a new better job or advance within your current company. According to GED Testing Service, 96% of employers accept this high school equivalency credential for hiring eligibility.

If you are currently applying for a job, be sure to add your new diploma on your resume. There are many services available to adults who are finding work. You can contact the career services center at the institution at which you took the GED exam to get support. If they don't offer this service, look up at your city library or your local workforce development office for assistance.

If you still want to continue work at your current company, ask your boss to meet with you to tell him or her about your recent achievement and offer any new opportunities for you if they can.

You may not get a promotion right away, but your GED credential could qualify you to apply for a better position at the appropriate time.