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- How many points do I need to pass the GED test?
- How is the GED test different in different states?
- How important is the GED essay?
- Where can I get free GED study material?
- What’s the hardest part of the GED test?
- Why should I bother with a GED diploma?
- I need help with the GED math test!
- A teacher joke!
- How much should I study for the GED test?
- GED: A success story!
- Is the GED test harder than high school?
- What is an Internet high school diploma?
- Can I take the GED test online?
- I’m overwhelmed about the GED test. Where do I start?
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How many points do I need to pass the GED test?
How many questions do I need to get right to pass the GED test?
Tom Smith, Galveston, TX
Good question. A lot of other students have asked similar questions about the GED test. Up until 2002, some states had different scoring requirements for passing the GED tests, but now all states follow the same standardized GED testing scoring system.
You need to get a score of at least 410 on each GED test to pass it, and an overall average score of 450 for the five-test battery. This means that your score for any individual GED test cannot be below 410, but if you get some scores that low, you need some of your GED test results to be well above 410 so that the scores for all five GED tests average out to at least 450.
So how are your scores calculated? Each question on the GED test equals one point, and the number of points you get is called your raw score. Based on the version of the GED test you took, your points are converted into a standard score, which ranges from 200 to 800. To receive a standard score of 410 on an individual GED test, you generally need to answer 60 to 65 percent of the GED test questions correctly. Tom, the bottom line is this. You can miss one out of three questions on the GED test and still pass the GED test.Top
How is the GED test different in different states?
I live pretty close to 4 different states in driving distance. Is the GED test different in different states? Can I take the GED test in any state?
Each state has its own requirements for the GED. Some states let you take the GED there, even if you don't live there, and some require that you live there. Go to the GED Academy state page for the states near you for specific information about GED transcripts, GED programs, testing fees, GED test eligibility, retesting, GED centers, testing accommodations, and more.
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How important is the GED Essay?
I have some questions about the essay part of the GED test. First, how come the essay question of the GED test is not a question? Second, how important is the essay to the total score of the GED test? And, lastly, a friend of mine took the GED essay test and said they only give you enough room to write two pages. Is that how long the essay in the GED test should be?
Sharon Lewiston, Orange, CA
The essay question of the GED writing test is a prompt or topic, not a question. The difference is that a prompt is intended to help you begin to write about a subject or topic. The topics are general enough so that you can use your own knowledge and experience to respond. The point of the essay is to measure your writing ability in the GED writing test, not what you know. You must keep the essay centered on the prompt topic, but you can bring in your own observations and experience.
To answer your second question about the GED writing test, the score on the essay is used along with your multiple choice answers to determine your GED testing scores. If you score higher on the essay test, you’ll need fewer correct answers on the multiple choice. The worse your essay score is, the better you’ll need to do on the GED writing test multiple choice questions.
If you do not get at least 2 out of 4 points on the essay of the GED test, you will not pass the GED writing test, even though you may have received enough points on the multiple-choice portion. Then you have to take the whole Language Arts Writing test over. The good news is that you need to score only a “Marginal” or better to pass the essay of the GED test. Essay readers will score your paper as follows:
Your last question about the GED test has to do with the length of the essay. There is no longer a word count requirement on the essay portion of the GED writing test. The readers will not read more than two pages (both sides of the answer sheet). A good GED test essay will be close to two pages long. Shorter essays may not allow for enough development of your topic.Top
Where can I get free GED study material?
I dropped out of high school in the tenth grade and am not working now. I am a single mom with two kids and money is an issue. I want to do the GED test. Where can I get free GED study material and courses?
Sherri Sanchez, Dallas, TX
Finding inexpensive study material for the GED test is a challenge. Here are some that I found helpful.
- Your public library will have many of the study guides and GED lesson plans available for loan, and may have videos and CD ROM GED testing study courses as well.
- Your local PBS television station broadcasts GED courses that you can take. Check out this link for times in your area. The site also offers some online classes for GED on the basic skills required for the GED test. They are all free.
- Most GED community colleges offer GED courses or classes in basic high school skills. The cost of these GED courses will vary from area to area, but generally they are not too expensive.
- Your local school district may have continuing education courses or adult learning courses. There is often grant money available to school districts to put together programs for adult learners. Give them a call to see if they have the material you require for the GED test.
- The GED Academy was created to provide low cost help for passing the GED test. We offer a free online GED test, books, online GED programs, and personal GED tutoring. We are making an effort to price our online classes for GED and study guides so that most everyone can afford them.
What’s the hardest part of the GED test?
What’s the hardest part of the GED test? My friend who just took it said the GED mathematics test was the hardest. What do you think?
This is a difficult question to answer because it depends on a person’s skill in each GED test area. Based on my experience with GED test takers, the GED mathematics test is considered most challenging because it requires knowing math facts and operations that you may have forgotten or were never taught to begin with. The essay writing in the GED test may be challenging for people who do not have much experience writing this type of paper. It should be noted, however, that the scoring for the essay in the GED test is fairly easy. You do not have to be a Steinbeck to pass it.Top
Why should I bother with a GED diploma?
What good is the GED diploma? Why should I bother about the GED test?
Here are some facts about having your GED diploma that you might want to consider.
- A GED diploma will help you get a job. Employers would rather hire someone who has the basic skills to pass the GED test than someone who does not. Completing the GED diploma means that the graduate has the fortitude to successfully finish a seven and one-half hour exam. This GED diploma is not a small thing.
- You will earn more money in your lifetime with a GED diploma. Research shows that people with a GED diploma make an average of $385,000 more in their lifetime than people who do not have a GED diploma or high school diploma.
- Passing the GED test will make you more valuable to your employer because you will have gained basic writing, math, and thinking skills. Getting your GED diploma will make you a better employee. You will have an upper hand in getting promotions with a GED diploma.
- Having the GED diploma opens up a lot of doors for advanced training. Most specialized training programs require either a high school diploma or a GED diploma.
- You will feel better about yourself with a GED diploma because you have accomplished something that only 60% of high school graduates can do.
I need help with the GED Math Test!
I am really nervous about the GED math test. I did not do well with math in high school. I have been looking at some of the study guides for the GED math test and get even more nervous. Seems like too much for me to learn. What do you suggest?
Sounds like you might suffer from what is called “math anxiety.” Many people suffer from the same ailment. The problem is so widespread that books are actually written about it.
I would suggest first taking an official GED practice test or GED practice test online and see where your strengths and weaknesses are in math. My experience is that one can reduce a lot of anxiety just by having a better idea of what one needs to work on. Most anxiety comes from the unknown.
Once you know what areas you need to work on, enroll in an online GED class like the GED Academy. You can also take classes at your local GED community college.Top
A teacher joke!
Here’s one for you. How many teachers does it take to change a light bulb?
Oh, that’s easy. It takes ten teachers to change a light bulb. One to screw in the bulb, and nine to take notes and discuss it.
Maybe we need some better jokes. Anyone have any?Top
How much should I study for the GED test?
A friend of mine just took the GED test and passed it without studying much at all. He told me it was a breeze and that I don’t need to study. What do you recommend, just taking it without much studying, or spending a lot of time preparing for the GED test?
My advice is to stop listening to your friends. More than 1 out of 3 people who take the GED tests do not pass. The better prepared you are for the GED test, the greater your chances of doing well. My advice is to study as much as possible for the GED test. In fact, over study if you can. The more confident you are with the material for the GED test, the better you will do. Attitude is about 80% of success.
Another reason to study for the GED test is that most of what you study for the GED will be useful to you, either in your job or in daily living. The GED test is really a measure of practical skill. We can never get too much of that.
What many people do is take a practice GED test to see how well they will do on the real test as well as to identify areas they need to study.
Yea!!! I just passed my GED test and thought I would let you know how much I appreciate your advice. When I last wrote, I was about at the end of my rope with trying to pass the GED tests. I had taken it twice and still had not passed the math, essay, and reading parts of the GED test. I thought I would never pass the GED test and get my GED.
The bad thing was that all this failure was really affecting my whole life. My friends, family, and even my boyfriend, were treating me like a loser. I was depressed and feeling pretty low.
So, what happened to turn it around? A couple of things helped. First, taking your GED classes online really helped. It was actually fun. Then there was your advice on the GED test in one of the newsletters to just keep trying and not let the failure of the test get me down. What I didn’t realize up until then was how my attitude about learning was getting in the way. Once I really committed to it, I was able to get it done.
The other thing that helped me was to practice more on my writing. Your online GED classes on writing really helped me get ready.
Jennifer Cory, New Jersey
Thanks for the note. Good luck on your future.
Is the GED test harder than high school?
My question is whether the GED tests are harder or easier than high school tests? I know people who have taken the GED test and some say it’s easier; others say it’s harder. What do you think?
A good question. The short answer is no, the GED test is not as difficult as high school. High school is four long years of classes in subjects that sometimes have little relevance to life after school. In high school, you generally have to memorize a lot of information and practice skills that you rarely ever use again. In this sense, high school is much more difficult than the GED test, if for no other reason than the tedium of it.
The GED test has gleaned the most essential knowledge and skills from high school. The emphasis in the GED tests is not on memorization, but on the application of practical knowledge and using thinking skills in the context of given information.
For some people, the GED testing can seem more difficult than high school because it is easier to just memorize information than know how to use it. For people who have not had much experience in making inferences, analyzing data, and making judgments, the GED test can seem difficult.
Perhaps a better way to look at it is what will you get out of the experience of earning a GED diploma. Preparing for and passing the GED test will have huge implications in your life. Not only will it help you get a better job and make more money, but you will also learn thinking skills that will enable you to make better decisions involving money, politics, and interactions with other people. Some have questioned the benefit of a high school education in terms of practical knowledge, but few can question the lasting benefit from what you learn in your preparation for the GED test.
What is an Internet high school diploma?
I see on the Internet that some websites offer high school diplomas online. What is your opinion of these?
There are websites that “sell” high school diplomas for a fee and promise you an online GED diploma. These sites masquerade as actual schools, and for the cost of tuition, usually $200 to $1,000, they will send a fake diploma they printed on their computer. Some will even sell you fake recommendations from your “teacher” and fake GED transcripts.
My opinion is that these schools are frauds. The diploma you get is not an actual GED or high school diploma because the schools are not accredited (or they’re “accredited” by made-up agencies), nor is the test you take anything close to what you would need to know to get a real high school diploma or a GED diploma.
You may be able to fool some employers with a phony diploma, but if your employer or technical school researches your “high school” or asks for a transcript of your high school records, you will be in trouble. Don’t waste your money. You can get in legal trouble, lose your job, or get kicked out of school by falsifying your educational credentials.
Can I take the GED Test online?
Can I take the GED test online?
I get letters with this question about online GED test all the time. No, it is not possible to take the GED test online. The GED test is a seven and a half hour timed test. It would be very difficult to insure that test takers taking the GED test at home on their computers do not get help from other people or study guides while taking the GED test. Find a test location in your area.Top
I’m overwhelmed about the GED test. Where do I start?
Where do I start with preparation for taking the GED tests? It seems like such a big thing. I didn’t do well in high school and I am overwhelmed by all the things I have to learn. Any suggestions?
Here is what I suggest.
First, take a practice GED online test to see what you need to study. You may be surprised to find that you are better off than you think. I would suggest using the GED Academy practice GED test online. It includes an authentic GED practice test online that will not only predict your score on the actual GED exam but tell you what areas you need to brush up on.
Next, enroll in a good GED study course or buy a GED guide. Again, the GED Academy Accelerated Learning Program can make your GED training go quickly and easily.
Third, register for the GED text at one of the GED centers near your home. There are over 3,500 GED centers across the country, so it should be easy to find one close by.
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