How Long Does It Take to Study for the GED?

Preparing for the GED

The GED exam tests your knowledge of social studies, math, reasoning through language arts, and science. Earning a GED can put you on the path to higher education or your desired career. If you are interested in taking the GED exam, you can study for it via classroom or online instruction. The benefit of preparing for the exam is that there is not a required length of time for studying. GED prep courses vary in length, and some allow you to study at your own pace.

However, it should be noted that the time it takes you to study for the GED depends on several factors: your subject knowledge prior to studying, how much time you devote to studying, and if applicable, the length of classes you attend.

Below you will find various preparation options for the GED, including information on course lengths and instructional formats.

Practice Tests

The GED Testing Service offers an official practice test that will illustrate which areas you need to improve. If you only need to study one or two subjects, this will allow you to decrease the amount of time spent preparing for the test.

Online GED Instruction

GED Live

Online class options include GED Live, which is offered by the GED Testing Service. The courses consist of live or pre-recorded instructional sessions featuring Kaplan instructors. You will be able to view the classes via your laptop, desktop computer, tablet, or mobile device. A primary benefit of these online classes is that you will be able to complete them at your convenience. Another benefit of these classes is the ability to connect via email with teachers about any questions you have. You can expect to hear back from a teacher within twenty-four hours.

GED Live will cost you $59 for a math or reasoning through language arts course. If you are interested in preparing for all four GED subjects, you can take the comprehensive course for $129. Classes range in length from 60-90 minutes.

However, it should be noted that although you can complete the training at any time, the GED Testing Service does set a time limit for your access. If you choose the math or reasoning through language arts courses, you will have 45 days to access all of the training. You will have 90 days to access the comprehensive course, which covers all four of the subjects on the GED exam.

Community College Classes

Some community colleges also offer online GED prep options that you can complete at your own pace over the course of the semester. You will likely need to visit campus first in order to take a placement test and complete orientation.

Study.com Classes

Study.com offers self-paced GED preparation classes that include quizzes and practice tests to help you determine when you're ready for your test. Instructors are also available to answer any questions you might have:

Classroom GED Instruction

If you are not interested in virtual classes, the GED Testing Service provides a listing of all of the classroom training in your area. Simply visit its website and navigate to the study tab. There will be a search box where you can type in your zip code. You will then see a list of organizations that provide classroom training in your area. Participating organizations include community colleges, Goodwill, and career training or employment centers. Each organization's address, along with a link for directions, is provided in the search results.

The length of classroom training is dependent on your organization of choice. Many classes last around two hours per session and are typically offered on weekdays for the duration of the semester, though some schools also provide classes on weekends or deliver instruction in a lab setting, which will allow you to focus on the topics you need to study and work at your own pace.

Classroom-based GED instruction might be ideal if you would benefit from a more structured environment when preparing for your exams.

What Does GED Stand For?

GED stands for the General Educational Development tests. These exams are taken by individuals who did not earn a high school diploma and cover four main subject areas. The successful completion of these tests provides the same benefits as graduating high school. Read on to learn more.

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