By Michael Ormsby
The 39 million adult Americans who have no high school degree earn lower wages and aren’t eligible for many career and educational opportunities. That’s why more than 800,000 people try to get a GED® diploma each year by taking the GED test. Unfortunately, many of them don’t pass on their first try. Adults who need a GED diploma probably never acquired good study skills, and learning on your own can be very challenging if you never graduated high school. Here are five simple study secrets that can help with passing the GED Test:
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1. Know what you don’t know.
If you don’t know what areas you need to study, you waste a lot of time and energy. By taking a GED practice test, online or from a test booklet, as a first step in your GED test prep, you can better understand what you need to learn. Keeping track of what questions were difficult and understanding your GED testing scores can help you plan what you need to study. Try a sample free GED practice test online.
2. Apply what you study.
Just reading a textbook is not an efficient way to learn. Many learners don’t know how to absorb all the information in a book. By applying what you’re studying to real-life situations and problems, you will retain the knowledge and be able to use it on a test. Try using what you’re learning in your life, using math at the supermarket or applying social studies ideas to things in the news. If we don’t use knowledge, it doesn’t mean anything to us. Imagine learning to drive a car from a book. It wouldn’t work. You need to get behind the wheel.
3. Focus on thinking skills.
While the GED tests basic reading, writing, and math skills, the focus is not on memorizing facts or equations. The GED tests are designed to test your ability to solve problems, evaluate situations, and analyze information. Hone your thinking skills in these areas by learning about inferences, evaluation, and analysis. Thinking critically and clearly will help with every area of the GED tests.
4. Manage your time.
Set aside a small amount of time every day to study, and study one subject at a time. Don’t try to learn everything all at once. You need time to absorb information. A half an hour of study time every night will give you better, faster results than a cramming session before the exam. Start with the easiest material first, so that you can get some of the tests out of the way.
5. Assess your progress.
As you’re studying, continue to test yourself to track your progress and see how you’re doing. GED sample test questions or an additional pencil-and-paper or online GED practice test are the best way to test how you’re doing. This will give you a good idea of what you still need to study. Plus, it will tell you when you’re ready to take the test and pass.