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Earning a High School Diploma in New Mexico
Adults in New Mexico without high school diplomas may participate in Adult Basic Education programs offered by the New Mexico Higher Education Department. These programs focus on helping individuals complete the training needed to pass the General Educational Development (GED) or HiSET tests, which are available to state residents age 18 and older (those under 18 may participate with permission from their school district and a parent/guardian). The state offers these education programs for free. Information on ABE programs and specific course offerings may be located at its website. Approved online high school diploma programs are also available to adults.
Earning the GED
The GED examination was created by the American Council on Education (ACE) and is administered by each state. The GED test covers four subject areas: math, language arts, science, and social studies. A student must obtain a minimum passing score of 145 on each individual test. The GED examination must be taken in person at any one of the many locations available throughout the state, although you may study for the test online.
GED preparatory programs are available at community colleges and other locations, but they are not a requirement. The state advises prospective adult students to take full advantage of these programs to help ensure success on the GED exam.
Private Online High School Diploma Programs
New Mexico residents can also earn a high school diploma through accredited online programs. These programs are for students not currently enrolled in a secondary school. The length of the program depends on previous credits earned, school requirements and pace of study. In some cases, courses are available via mail correspondence or online. The diploma bears the name of the school awarding the credential and is acceptable for employment and postsecondary enrollment.
Adult students should review an online school's accreditation status. The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) provides information on how to determine if an online school has received proper accreditation.
Benefits of a High School Diploma
Receiving a high school equivalency diploma can be incredibly beneficial to advancing one's efforts in both education and career. More and more colleges are accepting students who have passed the GED or HiSET. And even if you aren't looking to attend a university, statistics have shown having any kind of education - even just high school equivalency - can increase not only the number and variety of jobs available to a person but that person's earning potential as well.