By Leonard Williams
The majority of GED® students want to know what to expect on the GED Test and what programs, strategies, and resources are available to help students earn the GED test credential the first time they take the GED Test.
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Without question, nearly every GED candidate can benefit from a local low-cost or free GED class or affordable online GED courses. GED classes are designed for adult learners and focus specifically on the knowledge and information needed for the GED exam. Classes are readily available. In most cities and towns, you can find a low-cost or free GED class sponsored by a local community college, public school district, university adult education program or through nonprofits, by volunteers and through family resource centers. Even some employers offer a low-cost or free GED class through workplace development and job readiness programs.
But sometimes a free GED class isn’t good enough, especially for people who had trouble in school. Plus, many students can’t take a GED class because of family, job, or other obligations. Transportation issues and lack of childcare can also interfere with a student’s ability to attend class regularly. These students can benefit from support services provided by education systems or nonprofits or from affordable online GED programs or free online GED Test resources.
Whether students and adult learners attend a GED class or need to design a self-guided program, GED Academy recommends the following GED test-taking strategies and resources to help candidates prepare for and earn the GED credential.
How Can I Get My GED?
Explore the Test: Review the testing requirements. Understand what knowledge and information is needed for the GED mathematics test, GED science test, GED social studies test, GED reading test, and GED writing test. Find out the passing GED testing scores, and the GED application requirements for your community’s Official GED Testing Center™ locations. Individual states and provinces have their own local requirements for the GED test credential.
Understand the Test: To get GED-ready, get acquainted with the GED test structure. Become familiar and comfortable with the GED writing test essay requirements and how test passages and questions are presented in GED reading, science, and social studies. Look at a GED mathematics practice test to understand the GED mathematics test. A good GED guide will help, too. Understanding the test will help you learn the best way to find the right answer among five multiple-choice options to increase your score.
Practice First: Before taking the GED test, you’ll want to get GED practice with a pencil-and-paper or an online GED practice test. You’ll increase your familiarity and comfort level with the test, and a GED practice test will determine skill weaknesses and strengths. Use the information from your GED practice test scores to plan a self-guided study course or decide which GED classes you need most. You can also determine how much time you’ll need to prepare for the GED exam and get more acquainted with the test-taking strategies that will help you in passing the GED test.
Explore Online Resources: If a local GED class isn’t an option, or you need extra study to sharpen skills, get GED online free resources to supplement your learning. You can also enroll in an online GED class designed for self-guided study. While free GED resources are available, you may need a more advanced, helpful program to get GED-ready. It depends how comfortable you are taking charge of your own learning. When looking for an online GED class, be sure to shop wisely. Compare programs and read the fine print. Lots of online companies offer fake diplomas or promise results that they can’t deliver. And taking the GED test online is not allowed!
Get Motivated! What motivates you? There are many reasons adult learners work on their GED diploma. For some, it’s a higher-paying job, a new career, or the stepping-stone to educational opportunities. For others, it’s simply completing an educational milestone or being a role model for their children. Regardless of your reason, it’s reason enough to motivate you. You’ll want to clearly identify your motive and visualize the benefits of achievement.
Motivation is essentially based on a single premise: how bad you want something. If you really want it to happen, it will. If passing the GED Test is something you really want, you will. It’s that simple. Motivation is the cornerstone of your GED program, whether you opt for a classroom experience, an online GED class, or a self-guided GED study course.
When preparing for the GED test, prepare through small, well-planned steps. Ask for the help you need. Accomplish each step, and build upon them. Then use these accomplishments as additional motivators to move you closer to the final achievement, your GED diploma.
Get Support: Find a community-based support group, study group, or online learning community of GED instructors and students. You may also find volunteer GED tutoring, free GED training, and other supports through nonprofits, family resource centers, or community-based self-sufficiency programs and support groups. Even your workplace may sponsor continuing education programs, or be willing to sponsor one for you and other co-workers interested in education. Ask! Get support, and be a support. Likely, you also have knowledge and advice that will benefit others.
You’ll want support and also test advice, GED test-taking strategies, learning materials, and most importantly encouragement from people who want you to achieve your educational and career goals.
More GED Resources
- The American Council on Education, adult schools, and local libraries will also have additional low-cost or free GED resources designed specifically for GED students. Visit www.gedtest.org, or call 202-939-9490.
- PBS television offers broadcast GED classes; check local listings.
- Is there a Volunteer Center in your community? Browse member listings of the Points of Light Foundation: http://www.pointsoflight.org/centers/find_center.cfm
- You may learn about other resources by contacting your local library, school system, or United Way. For a directory of United Ways, visit http://national.unitedway.org/myuw/..
- Get GED online free resources and information on GED testing, GED test locations, financial aid, and student support at http://www.passGED.com.
- Contact one of the Official GED Testing Centers™ or your local GED Administrator™.