Earning Your Georgia High School Diploma!

Adults who did not earn their high school diplomas through the traditional high school system may find their opportunities for advancement limited. The state of Georgia provides an alternative for these students by offering a variety of state-sponsored adult education programs.

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Earning a High School Diploma in Georgia

If an adult did not earn his or her high school diploma while in school, Georgia offers the State of Georgia High School Equivalency Diploma as an alternative. The state also offers adult literacy and adult education programs that can allow individuals to study for the GED in secondary school subjects like reading, writing, social studies and math.

Adult Education Requirements

Those learners who are enrolled in adult education or GED preparation programs must be at least 16 years old, but students under the age of 18 must be enrolled in an adult education class and not have graduated from or be attending high school. They must also receive permission from a school official. Students also might need to take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) to determine their language, reading and math knowledge. Adult education classes may be offered during the mornings, afternoons and evenings to accommodate students' schedules.

Earning the GED

For those pursuing their equivalency diploma, the GED credential can be earned by completing four exams with a minimum score of 150 in each subject. These exams are designed to test the core competencies that usually are required to receive a high school diploma. These four tests cover reasoning through language arts, science, mathematical reasoning, and social studies. In Georgia, the GED tests are administered by the Georgia Technical College System in partnership with GED. For additional information, such as fees, testing requirements and locations of testing centers, students can visit the Technical College System of Georgia's website ( Access to study materials can be found at the GED website ( Students do not need to be a resident of Georgia to take the GED exam.

Other Adult Education Opportunities

Aside from offering the GED credential, Georgia offers many additional adult literacy programs to help its citizens achieve their goals. These programs include an English literacy and civics program designed to help immigrants adapt to life in the United States, a literate community program aimed at giving adults the necessary literacy skills to meet their goals, a health literacy program to assist people in understanding their health care options and a workplace education program designed to provide people with the skills to find better careers.

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