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Online High School Diplomas – I Just Want To Take A Test!


By Carol Moser
Enrollment Counselor, Learner Middle & High School 

As an enrollment counselor for an online high school I’m used to answering a lot of questions about our school, and what makes our school different. When talking to adults and students alike I hear the same statement at least once a day, and that is, “I don’t want to take any classes, I just want to take the test and get my diploma!” To which I usually reply, “Okay, if you just want to take the test, do you mean that you just want to get a GED?” “No, no, no, I want to get my high school diploma! I just don’t want to have to take all those classes.”

In talking to them I finally discover that someone either told them that they could just take a test and get their high school diploma online, or they were online themselves trying to do some comparison shopping and found one or more sites that made it all look so quick, easy and cheap to get their high school diploma online. 

As with most things, if it looks too good to be true, it usually is. The truth of the matter is that there is no quick test you can take to get your high school diploma. You have to take the online courses, do the required work and pass your tests; any website you find that promises a quick and easy solution is simply a diploma mill!

Are All Online High School Diplomas Created Equal?

It is important to understand the difference between earning a diploma from an accredited online school, and getting one from a website that requires that you only pay their fee and take a test, or worse still, just fill out a form.

I know I said it once, but it bears repeating so here it is again: any website that promises a quick and easy diploma is simply a diploma mill!

Wikipedia defines a diploma mill in this way: “A diploma mill (also known as a degree mill) is an organization that awards academic degrees and diplomas with substandard or no academic study and without recognition by official educational accrediting bodies.”

What this means is that you can easily pay them your money, and they will happily let you take their test and then provide you with their certificate that says that you have earned your high school diploma online.  The problem is that this certificate is not a valid high school diploma! In actuality it has no value at all, especially if you or your child is planning to use this diploma to get into college someday. It will not be recognized as a valid high school diploma, and what you thought was a cheap solution just turned into a complete waste of your money.

Money drowning (small)

The fact remains that there is NO quick fix to getting your high school diploma. You simply have to take the required courses needed to graduate, put in the time to do the work and pass your tests.  If taking your high school classes in a traditional school setting does not work for you, for whatever reason, then attending a good accredited online school will probably be your best option. Some of the better schools will even allow you to log in 24/7 which enables you to do your course work on your own schedule, not the school’s.

If you just want to get your GED, that is a different story altogether; however, it is still recommended that you put in the time to study even for that.  A GED is not the same as having your high school diploma, but that will be a different topic to be left for separate post.

Doing Your Homework

Regardless of which option you choose, you are still going to have to do your homework. Making sure the school you choose is an accredited online school should always be your first assignment. Next find out if the teachers board certified, and if the school really offers a flexible schedule, allowing you to do the work at a time that works best for you. I can proudly say they we offer all of the above and more here at Learner Middle & High School.  We have students ranging from the 6th grade, to adults with jobs and families taking their high school courses online.  I encourage you to go back to our home page now and request a free demo of our courses – yes, we are so confident of our school and what we have to offer, we even let you sample our courses for free.  


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Posted @ Tuesday, November 01, 2011 12:16 AM by Lane Gholston
hi my name is anahi nd im trying to get into classes for my ged or high sckool dipolma can u help me please
Posted @ Thursday, December 22, 2011 8:09 PM by anahi
hi my name is grace i have a 5 month old daughter and we live paycheck to paycheck. i don't have any extra money to pay for homeschool or the ged tests. do you have any recomendations on how i might get my diploma or ged without having to pay for it? because if i have to pay for it then i might as well accept that im not ever going to get a better job or be able to say i graduated highschool.
Posted @ Wednesday, June 20, 2012 7:21 PM by grace
I want to know how i can get my high school diploma I'm 21 years old
Posted @ Wednesday, January 16, 2013 11:09 AM by Charles
well ive taken math glasses rented books and ive taken my math test 5 times and cant pass help..
Posted @ Friday, March 01, 2013 1:23 PM by
Hi i I want to get my high school diploma but i do want to go back to school the thing is that i have a baby an i work but thats not any excouse to get it over with i need to get it but i just dont want it to take too long to get it can u help plz
Posted @ Tuesday, March 12, 2013 12:33 AM by Monique
What i can do to get my high diploma i didnt finish the last year of my school i wanna finish but im 23 is a way i can finish i need help
Posted @ Thursday, April 11, 2013 2:42 PM by jose muniz
Same here I couldn't finish my last 2 years of high school because I have a 2year old son. And I had to drop out and take care of him my parents couldn't because they work and they're the ones that helped me out buying everything for my baby. His father doesn't even wanna see him and stuff its been really hard on me. I've given up my life and I'm trying to get a high school diploma or take a ged test so I can start working and make a better living for me and my son. Please help
Posted @ Thursday, April 11, 2013 3:16 PM by Lisa
I didn't finish High School due to medical issues, and later on I went to Corinthian College (Medical School), and graduated. They just had me take a high school equivalence test and I passed it hands down. Then I signed up at a Community College, and everything was fine. I made great grades and everything. Then one day they came to me and ask for my High School Diploma or GED. By not possessing one, I had to leave until able to obtain one. Took the GED several times, and cannot pass the math. Can someone tell me what happen?
Posted @ Friday, April 19, 2013 1:33 PM by Alonda
I'm looking into getting my high school diploma I do not want a ged
Posted @ Monday, May 06, 2013 8:20 AM by Mary Ellen Woodard
When I was in highschool, I was lazy and not willing to earn my diploma. The fallout lead to my dropping out. Today I want nothing more than to earn it. If this website can help me earn it, I want nothing more than would use your help.
Posted @ Sunday, June 09, 2013 4:34 PM by Saundra Young
For those of you who are past high school age and want to finish high school, our online school enables you to work from your home, so you don't have to be in a classroom with others. You can study part-time if you have a full-time job, or you can study full-time if you have about 30 hours per week to devote to your studies. You can go to the Contact Us portion of our website to contact our Enrollment Counselor about your particular needs. 
If you are having trouble with a particular subject, such as math, you can take just the course that you need with us. You will get one-on-one help from your teacher when there is something you don't understand. Our setup is ideal for helping you through a difficult subject area.
Posted @ Wednesday, June 12, 2013 1:10 PM by J Lee Harshbarger
Hi my name is: Sandra Palmer I am 20 years of age and want to go back to high school. I was in 9th grade all my high school years. I fell in to the wrong crowd and lost my way not only in my schooling life but as well as my personal life. I want to lean! I want to study the bio science I want to become a doctor so I can help others as well learn to help my family when they need the help. I love bio science and math. I am not good at LA but I do want to improve.  
thank you for taking your time to read this.  
Sandra Palmer
Posted @ Wednesday, June 26, 2013 6:36 PM by Sandra Palmer
Hello Sandra! I'm glad to hear that you understand the value of your education and want to continue it. With our program, since you work at your own pace, the courses you are stronger in, you can move faster, and the ones you are weaker in, like Language Arts, you can spend more time in until you understand. Our teachers will help you one-on-one, so you can get the help you need to succeed. Our Enrollment Counselor will contact you to help you with additional questions you may have.
Posted @ Wednesday, June 26, 2013 10:31 PM by J Lee Harshbarger
I only need one more test ca I take it on here and send it to my school so I can get my diploma
Posted @ Wednesday, September 04, 2013 4:52 PM by Toneka
Toneka, our accreditation agency requires that a student complete at least 6 credits with us before we can issue a diploma to the student.
Posted @ Thursday, September 05, 2013 1:03 PM by J Lee Harshbarger
I am planning to have online high school diploma, May I know what are the requirements.?
Posted @ Friday, October 04, 2013 3:42 AM by pmp certificate
Enrolling at Sterling Academy is easy & just takes about 20 minutes over the phone to get your basic information. From there we will send you your registration forms. Once your forms have been returned we will contact the last school you attended to request your transcripts, then you have orientation & get you classes. Students have 12 full month from the day they get their classes to complete a full grade, or 6 months to complete 1 semester. If you're ready to get started, or have any additional questions just give me a call at 866-502-1050 ext 1 & I will be happy to assist you.
Posted @ Friday, October 04, 2013 8:14 AM by Carol Moser
My name is Camille I finish High School in 2007, have all my credits. Didnt pass the FCAT and they will not give me my diploma. Dont want to take the GED. What are my options? Can I do something online?
Posted @ Saturday, November 16, 2013 12:34 PM by Camille Pacheco
Hello Camille. You are welcome to enroll with us and graduate (get your diploma) from our school. Because we are a private school our students are not required to take the FCAT test, or any state tests for that matter. Just give me a call and I'll be happy to help you with enrollment.
Posted @ Monday, November 18, 2013 9:51 AM by Carol Moser
I have my GED but I want a high school diploma to get into the military, I dropped out my 11th grade year can I just pick up from that grade or do i have to start all the way over?
Posted @ Saturday, December 28, 2013 6:06 PM by DeAndre Price
Hello Deandre. Once you enroll we will request your transcripts from the last school you attended & honor any credits you have already earned. If you completed & passed 1st semester 11th grade, you will start 2nd semester classes. If you dropped out before completing your 1st semester you will have to start 11th grade over.
Posted @ Friday, January 03, 2014 9:05 AM by Carol Moser
hi my name is Andrea, and i am originally from Argentina and i have to drop school at 11th grade, i was wonder if its possible for me to finish high school here??
Posted @ Tuesday, January 28, 2014 10:31 AM by Andrea Diaz
Hello Andrea. That's a great question, thanks for asking. Our students can log in and do their school work any time of the day or night from any computer any where in the world that has internet access. Several of our current students live in different countries. If you have any questions my Skype number is 954-607-7565, or you can fill out a request for more info about the school from the website & I will email you.
Posted @ Wednesday, January 29, 2014 8:03 AM by Carol Moser
I Need One More Credit To Get My High School Diploma..My Question Is What Do I Have To Attend All Those Classes Just For One Credit..,? I Live In Las Vegas,Nv And It Seem Like They Just Want Me To Get My GED And I Don't Want It..,!!! I Really Need Help..,!!!
Posted @ Saturday, February 15, 2014 11:12 AM by LaTonya
If it sounds to good to be true, than don't chance it.
Posted @ Saturday, February 15, 2014 3:30 PM by Nowhere
Hello La Tonya, 
In order to comply with our accreditation requirements all students wishing to graduate from our school (receive their diploma from Sterling Academy) must take a minimum of 6 credits to graduate. We require 24 credits to graduate from our school, so after reviewing your transcripts we will assign the class or classes needed according to your transcripts, & you are welcome to choose the remaining classes yourself from our course catalog. We have a number of technology electives you may be interested in, please see our electives page for more info.
Posted @ Monday, February 17, 2014 9:49 AM by Carol Moser
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