Taking your GED – even thinking about it – can be overwhelming. You’re not alone. Lots of people feel this way. There are a host of resources and GED preparation strategies that will get you through this.
The GED exam has enabled millions of people who didn’t follow the traditional route to receive a high school equivalency diploma.
GED stands for General Educational Development. It’s sometimes referred, incorrectly, to as: General Education Diploma, General Equivalency Diploma, or Graduate Equivalency Degree. None of these are accurate.
With that out of the way, let’s move on. Before actually preparing for the exam, it’s important to be familiar with its five parts:
- language arts – reading
- language arts – writing
- social studies, which tests general knowledge in areas such as government and economics
- science, which covers life and earth science, as well as chemistry
- math, which consists of number operations, algebra, geometry and statistics
As you can see from the five sections, the test is comprehensive and requires that you be able to read and understand not only a variety of texts but also maps, graphs and charts.
A number of resources are available to prepare for the GED. If you study best on your own, there are manuals available in book stores and libraries. A book series entitled “Keys to GED Success” provides great practice questions, as well as pretests to help you determine the areas you need the most help in.
If independent study isn’t your thing, that’s okay. There are a number of learning centers and community colleges available to offer assistance. Your local library or community college will be able to direct you to classes in your area. The instructors will evaluate your strengths and weaknesses so you’ll know where to concentrate your studies.
Although the test must be taken at an official GED testing center, there are resources available online; for example, the GED Testing Center (the test’s developers), offers a practice test online. This test contains the type of questions you can expect to encounter on the day of the test.
The more time and effort you put in, the more you’re likely to ace the GED. Put in the time and effort and you’ll do well.
We hope this helps!
~ Education Central Team