Myths and Misconceptions About the GED

There’s a lot of info out there about the GED, but how can you tell what’s true or not? Let’s break down some of the most common myths.

A GED isn’t as good as a high school diploma

Totally false! Just like a high school diploma, the GED shows colleges and employers that you have the knowledge and skills required at a high school level. In fact, 98% of colleges and employers accept the GED. That means almost any college you want to attend or any company you want to work for can be an option!

It’s easy to get a GED. 

The GED journey is different for every student, but earning your GED is definitely doable if you prep right and keep your eyes on the prize. Some subjects may be easier for some learners than others. 

GED prep doesn’t happen overnight, but we’re sure you can make it happen with the right tools, courses and support. Classrooms aren’t your thing? That’s ok! There are many online options instead. On average, students complete their GED in just three months, through in-person or online prep.  

Remember, it’s amazing how much of a difference a teacher, friend or family member can have on keeping you going! Don’t be shy — tell them about your GED goal. 

Math is impossible.

Many students find Math to be the toughest subject and typically take it as their last test. Don’t worry, we’ve got your back. The GED team has spent years designing tools just for the GED test. You’ll learn exactly what you need to pass math without wasting time. In your student account, discover everything from free study guides to GED Live online classes to GED Flash with thousands of on-the-go practice practice questions.

You’re too old to get a GED.

People leave high school for many reasons; often, it has nothing to do with learning ability. As soon as you want to complete your high school equivalency, the opportunities are there to do so with no maximum age limit! We’ve also had amazing success stories from 70 to 90 year-olds, proving it’s never too late!  

I couldn’t get through high school, so I won’t be able to get through the GED now.

What’s great about the GED is that you can take one subject at a time, prep at your own pace and choose the way you learn best. After all, over 20 million students who didn’t complete high school have gotten their GED. You can too!

Heard of other myths that you want to clear up? Put them in the comments below and we’ll get back to you.

13 Comments

  1. If I’ve already taken the four years of required math in high school, but still didn’t finish high school. And now want my GED do I still have to test on the math portion of the GED even though I’ve completed it in high school?

    1. Hi Natalie! Yes, if you want to earn your GED credential you will still need to take the math portion of the test.

    1. Hi Shannon. You will have to take the GED test at a local testing center so you will not need your own computer to take the GED.

  2. Sorry need help relocating all other test and scores, do I need to retake all test or can I just complete my math test??

    1. Hi Marisol! It depends on the time period between your last tests. Please email help@ged.com for more information on tracking down your scores and being ready to test!

  3. Does the history section dive into lots of specific details like dates, specific names, and minor facts or is it more broad and surface level. Also does the math portion include imaginary numbers, calculus, and complex square root math?

    1. Hi Hudson! There will not be specific dates on the social studies test or calculus on the math test. For more information on what’s on each test, click here or log in to your student account to see your free GED study guides.

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