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Study for the GED at Home
What Are Your Options?
Those wishing to prepare for the GED exam without attending local or online courses can use home study materials that are offered in print or video formats. While many third-party home-study materials are available, the GED Testing Service - a program offered through the American Council on Education - generally recommends that test takers use materials provided by its partners, including Steck-Vaughn and Kentucky Educational Television (KET).
Home Study Materials
The Steck-Vaughn Test Preparation for the 2014 GED Test focuses on adult education and publishes the Official GED Practice Test (OPT). Both short and long versions of the practice test are available. Steck-Vaughn consists of pre-test preparation materials, including print books and workbooks, interactive online courseware and an instructor's guide. The Student Edition includes 2-page lessons, comprehensive reviews and test-taking tips. These materials are published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Kentucky Educational Television
KET partners with PBS LiteracyLink to broadcast GED preparation television programs on PBS television stations. In total, KET offers 39 videos, three workbooks and five Internet learning modules for this program. Test takers wishing to study this way can check their local PBS stations for air dates and times.
Episodes often put GED questions in real-world contexts. KET encourages recording the programs and using them for further practice; however, should a test taker not have access to recording equipment, KET GED preparation videos may also be found at local colleges and public libraries.
KET offers practice tests as well. The company notes that its practice tests are not official, but they are compiled from sample questions provided by the GED Testing Service.