High School Credits

Written by Ingrid Chen
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In order to graduate from high school, a student must obtain a specific number of high school credits. This figure varies from state to state, and ranges generally between 18 to 22 credits. Some schools and institutions allow diploma certification at lower credit amounts, whereas others may require more.

High school credits are obtained with every class passed. Generally speaking, each credit equals the completion of one school course. If an individual successfully completes six classes in a year, that student will receive six credits towards the figure necessary to graduate.

If you're coming up short and choose to leave school without finishing these credits, you may still complete them by getting certification of a GED (General Educational Development test). The GED is considered the standard high school equivalency diploma, and is recognized by over 95 percent of post-secondary schools and business employers as weighted the same as a traditional high school diploma.

Finding Help for GED Studies

For many, getting a GED requires a solid amount of studying. Some experts recommend as much as two hours a day, five days a week until test time. Although this is ideal, it isn't always the case that individuals pursuant of a GED can free up that amount of time. In those cases, there are many resources available to aid in efficient studying. Mailed materials, online resources, local and online GED courses, practice tests and many other forms of aid are all available. These resource centers can be found online, or by asking your local GED testing center.


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