National External Diploma Program

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What is the National External Diploma Program?

This is a self-paced, competency-based high school diploma program for adults 18 years of age or older who have acquired academic and occupational skills through their life experiences. Students learn independently using the computer-based program, and work is reviewed through one-to-one assessment appointments. Skill mastery is required for completion and receipt of a Maryland High School Diploma. Specific placement scores are required to participate in the program. The total cost of this program is $90.00.

How long will it take to get a diploma?

An assessment is given during orientation to determine the math and reading level of each potential student. Those who meet the cut-off score will have the option of preparing to take the GED® test or enroll in the NEDP. Typical students complete the NEDP in four to six months; however, as with preparation for taking the GED® test, the time needed will vary according to skill level, motivation, and commitment.