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GED stands for General Educational Development, but is also commonly known as the General Education Diploma and is the only high school diploma equivalent that is recognized in all 50 states as well as in Canada. Whether you bombed out in high school the first time around, or you didn’t quite complete your schooling, or you simply feel you can do better, the GED offers you a second chance. This guide will help you understand what the test consists of and how you can best prepare yourself in order to take the next leap in your successful educational journey.
The test contains four test subjects; Reasoning Through Language Arts, Science, Mathematical Reasoning, and Social Studies. You are required to pass all sections, that is to achieve a score above 150, in order to pass the GED Test. If you receive a score of 170 or more in any test area, you will earn the GED Score with Honors, setting you apart from others and showing your ability to succeed.
It is a computer-based test and a small fee applies for each test subject, but it is a small price to pay to open up your educational and employment opportunities.
What Does the GED Consist Of?
As already mentioned, there are four subjects in the GED Test and all need to be passed in order to pass the test overall. To do this, a good understanding of each test is needed.
Reasoning Through Language Arts – this is the longest of the four test subjects, taking 150 minutes to complete (with a ten minute break). You will be tested on your ability to read, analyze and interpret written text, use evidence to support an argument, and your essay writing skills.
Science – you will be tested on your ability to read, understand and interpret science-related texts, and solve problems in science-related situations. The three areas tested include earth and space, physical science and life science. A calculator is allowed when you complete the science test and you are allowed 90 minutes to complete it.
Mathematical Reasoning – your practical and problem solving skills in algebraic and quantitative problem solving will be measured and wide range of topics covered. You are given 115 minutes to complete the test, although you are able to take a short break. The test is divided into two sections and a calculator is only allowed in the second part.
Social Studies – this 90 minute test measures your ability to solve problems in social studies-related situations as well as reading, understanding and interpreting social studies texts. The parameters of the test include geography, US history, economics, and civics and government. You are allowed to use a calculator when completing the test.
How to Prepare for the GED
The best initial preparation will come from signing up online and creating a MyGED account. Here you have access to study material, the regulations in your state, and the means to book your test.
There are also some top study tips for gaining the ultimate success in the GED.
Join online classes – there are many of these available on the internet. You can study from the comfort of your own home and can easily communicate with others through GED online forums.
Create a study schedule – we all lead busy lives and sometimes finding the time to study effectively is difficult. The more time you spend preparing for your GED tests, the more likely you are to succeed. Look at your schedule and allocate certain times to study, making some sacrifices if you need to. You should also allocate which subjects and topics you will study in each session. This ensures you allow yourself plenty of time on each subject (perhaps more on the topics you find the most challenging).
Complete practice questions – these not only give you an excellent idea of the type of questions you will be faced with, but also help you gain familiarity with the computer-based test system. It is highly recommended to also practice using the designated calculator – it may be different to the one you normally use.
Enlist the help of a tutor – a professional tutor offers valuable motivation and knowledge. If you are struggling to understand key concepts or are having difficulty interpreting and understanding questions, then one-on-one sessions are just what you need. Working with a tutor means that the lessons are catered exactly to your needs and you can eliminate your weaknesses. Naturally, you will need to find the best tutor available. Trying to keep all the pieces organized as well as making sure that you cover everything can cause you just as much stress as the GED itself, and that means it’s time to start looking for some GED tutoring. The test is stressful enough for many students and adults, making it harder on yourself is not going to help.
The GED doesn’t need to be a cause of stress or concern. By understanding how the test works, improving your knowledge, completing practice questions and using a tutor, you will be on the road to success. An abundance of educational and career opportunities are just around the corner!