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How to Earn Your High School Diploma in Oklahoma
A high school diploma is considered a basic requirement for most jobs and for admission into post-secondary education. There are a couple of options available for adults in Oklahoma who want to earn their high school diploma. They may seek a General Educational Development (GED) credential or participate in college courses that may also lead to a high school diploma. The state also offers adult education courses and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses at learning centers around the state that allows adult students to complete the credits required for high school.
High School Graduation Requirements
Oklahoma requires a student to complete 23 units to graduate from high school. These include four units of English, three units of mathematics, three units of laboratory science, three units of history, two units of either foreign language or computer technology and one unit of fine arts or speech. Additionally, local school boards may set additional requirements on top of these.
General Educational Development (GED) Credential
Adult students seeking a high school diploma in Oklahoma may take the GED exam. This exam consists of tests that cover reading, writing, science, mathematics and social studies. Upon passage, the state will award an Oklahoma State High School Diploma.
GED preparatory classes may be taken at adult learning centers across the state. Information about taking the test, including testing sites, may be found at the Oklahoma State Department of Education website (www.ok.gov). The American Council on Education, the creator of the GED exam, offers more information about the GED exam (www.acenet.edu). A GED credential is generally accepted as a high school diploma equivalent by employers and post-secondary institutions. You must be at least 18 to take the test. In order to pass, you must score 150 on each subtest and 600 overall. Practice tests are available, and they help prepare you adequately for the real exam.
If a student has been admitted to an Oklahoma college or university and has completed 30 hours of college-level coursework, they may be provided a high school diploma. The state also offers another alternative for military veterans. If an adult is a veteran of World War II, Korea or Vietnam and left high school to enlist, he may be eligible to receive a veteran high school diploma. Oklahoma requires that recipients be residents of the state and have been honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces.