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GED's, SAT's and colleges
I want to take my GED and enroll in a four-year college. The problem is that all the four year colleges I want to go to say that they require an SAT score. I'm 25 and I never took the SAT in college. Do I still have to take it?

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Asked by Jennifer Tuesday May 27th 2008 in High School Education
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I want to take my GED out and attend a college but i dont know what colleges accept students with GED's or how to apply for a scholarship or financial aid?

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About 95% of colleges accept GED's as well as high school diplomas, so your first order of business should be to call an admissions officer and make sure they understand exactly what your question is. If you just filled out the online form for the college and asked "what are the enrollment requirements," they may not realize your situation and the answer they're giving may not be applicable to you.

If you didn't take the SAT in high school (and most GED students haven't), colleges ordinarily will give you a placement test that will gauge your skill levels on math, science, writing, and other basic subjects. If you score low in an area, the college may require you to take remedial classes as part of your major.

If you talk to admissions officers and they tell you the college you want to go to really doesn't accept GED's (and this is pretty rare), bear in mind that two-year and community colleges accept GED's pretty much across the board. You can take two years at one of these schools, earn an Associate's degree, and then transfer to the four-year school without having to take an SAT and sometimes without having to take a placement test. This is much easier if your four-year college has a transfer partnership with a two-year college; these schools can often function as a "back door" into a four-year institution.

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