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Staying Focused to Pass the GED® Test

By Gabriel Schneider, Educator

Most people who take a high school equivalency (HSE) test are looking for something better out of life: a better job, more options, and higher education. An HSE exam like the GED test is a gateway to much more. But how do you get there?

Often, people studying for an HSE test don't have a lot of practice making and reaching goals or a lot of confidence in their own abilities. Years of bad experiences in school don't go away overnight. It is possible to overcome those experiences. You can get to your goal, no matter how high you're aiming. But you will need high-quality GED, HiSET, or TASC test prep. Here are some tips to get you focused on making progress.

Have a Goal and a Plan

Making a plan is important to staying focused. You can’t stay on track if you don’t have a track. Keep your main goal in mind, and make smaller goals on your path to reaching your main goal.

Keep Organized

Have a study space, and keep all your study materials organized. Don't let your test materials mix in with the rest of your life. Organize your time as well. Keep a schedule. Get into a routine. Consider adding rituals to your routine, like the one cup of coffee that gets you ready to study.

Focus on One Thing at a Time

If you're working on math, keep going on math. Your mind will work better if it stays on one track. Take breaks as needed, but don’t jump between tracks. The more you focus on one thing at a time, the easier it will be to master the content.

Try to minimize interruptions. As you get better at focusing, practice studying for longer periods of time. This will improve your focus and prepare you to sit for the HSE test.


Do the most important things you need to accomplish first. Don't let yourself be distracted by less important tasks. It’s all too easy to get distracted by things that don't matter as much as your primary focus.

Track Your Progress and Reward Yourself

As you move forward, you'll get momentum from what you've already accomplished. Keep track of your progress, and when you've reached a goal, no matter how small, congratulate yourself. Give yourself a reward.

Learning how to keep your focus and move forward more effectively is a skill that will help you throughout life. When you get that new job or get into college, you'll keep putting these skills to work.

For more information about study skills for the GED, HiSET, or TASC test, check out the book Smart Skills.

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Staying Focused to Pass the GED® Test by Gabriel Schneider is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 3.0 United Stated License, redistribution of this article is allowed under the following terms outlined here.

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