“I am 28 years old and only have one year of high school. I want to get my education and go on to Arizona State University to get a professional degree. What are my options? Can I do a homeschool course for my high school or do I need to get a GED? Will there be a difference in the way colleges look at my record if I have the GED?”
You have several paths available to you so you can get a university degree.
There are a number of homeschool or traditional online or self-study courses that could be very beneficial in completing your secondary education. Most of the correspondence programs will be rather pricey. An alternate route is to look at a typical scope and sequence for high school to see what is needed and gather the materials on your own. This would be less costly, but more work to obtain all the pieces and teach yourself the material
The GED was upgraded several years ago, and is now considered to be a very high level test. In studying for and taking the test you will probably receive a more thorough education than going to high school and sitting through many of the mundane components that won’t be relevant. GED classes are offered quite inexpensively throughout the Phoenix metro area, and the study books have all that is needed for the full high school curriculum.
Arizona State University allows admission of students with an official GED score of 500 or above in lieu of a high school diploma.
Another option is to begin taking community college classes. These are open to anyone, with or without high school credentials or GED, based on the “ability to benefit” criteria. Some homeschoolers have gone directly from 8th grade to community college and have received their associate’s degrees with no problem. You will need to take the ASSET test in English, Reading and Math to see where you will place in the courses. Once you have completed a certain number of courses, you can apply to be granted the GED, if you wish, and then finish your program. With college classes under your belt, the universities won’t be concerned about the details of the high school education.
If you wish to take the GED tests:
Visit the official GED Testing Service website at www.acenet.edu for more information or call 1-800-62-MYGED (1-800-626-9433) to find your local GED Testing Center. The center can tell you:
- Whether you can take the GED Tests
- Where to find the Official GED Practice Tests
- Where to find a GED instructional program
- How much it costs to take the tests
- When the tests are given
Best wishes, and kudos to you for setting goals for your education and your future.