GED Preparation: Top 10 Study Tips!

One way someone without a high school diploma can obtain a secondary-school credential is to pass the General Educational Development (GED) examination. This comprehensive four-part exam tests skills in science, social studies, mathematical reasoning, and reasoning through language arts. According to the American Council on Education, which created the GED, candidates who prepare for the exam increase their chances of passing it.

Ten Tips to Help You Study and Prepare for the GED Tests

1. Familiarize Yourself with the Test

The General Educational Development (GED) test evaluates your skills in mathematics, science, social studies, reading and writing. Created and administered by the American Council on Education (ACE), there are various ways to prepare for this high-school equivalency exam. Be sure your study plan addresses every subject in the exam.

2. Take a Preparation Class.

In-person GED preparation classes allow you to obtain one-on-one assistance in areas you need work on and teach you how to set up a regular study schedule leading up to your GED exam. You can find a GED classes in your local area on your state or jurisdiction's department of education website. Classes are generally at adult learning centers or community colleges.

3. Consider an Online Study Course

Several states offer online versions of their state-sponsored GED courses. These courses may require separate registration. Your state website may also recommend other online study aides. The GED Testing Service offers a Marketplace with online, mobile, and print test preparation programs and aids (

4. Study Using GED Prep Books

You may prefer to study through books or other resources. The Kentucky Educational Television ( and the Steck-Vaughn Company (steckvaughnadult.hmhco) provide GED workbooks. They can be purchased on line, but may be found, along with other GED workbooks, at your local library or adult education center.

5. Take a Practice Test

Practice tests can show you what types of questions are on the GED tests and help identify areas where you need more study. The GED Testing Service website offers practice tests and guides.

6. Use Multiple Methods of Study

You may consider combining GED study books with online resources and in-person classes.

7. Know What Tools You'll Need for the Test

Your test center will provide you with an embedded calculator for use on one part of the mathematics exam. However, you may choose to bring your own TI-30XS Multiview Scientific Calculator to use on the GED exam.

Test-takers should also familiarize themselves with the GED Math Formulas & Symbols Reference sheet. The guide will be provided at the testing center, but can also be found on the GED Testing Service website.

8. Apply for Special Accommodations if You Need To.

Individuals in need of special accommodations may make those requests when they register for the exam at the GED website (

9. Contact Your Local Test Center

There are more than 3,400 test centers in the U.S. and overseas. Contact a test center in your area to get your questions answered. Call them to determine the testing times, the fee required, if any, and the directions to the test center. You may find your local test center on your state's GED web page or on the test-center locator on the GED Testing Service website.

10. Retake a GED Test If Necessary

To pass the GED exam, individuals need a minimum score of 150 on each of the four subject area tests. However, if you don't achieve a passing score, you can retake any individual section. Most states allow you to retake the exam twice without waiting. Typically, after the third attempt, a 60-day waiting period is applied.

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