How to Relieve GED Test Anxiety

A little nervous energy on the day of the GED exam is normal, but too much can be disastrous. Test anxiety forces some people to completely shut down, forgetting everything they studied and forcing them to accept a low or failing score. These tips may help you get your test anxiety under control!

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GED Requirements

Hopefully, if you've gotten this far, you have met the eligibility requirements of your state. While the GED Testing Service requires test candidates to be at least 16 and not enrolled in a high school, your state's requirements may look a little different. An easy way to find out is to check the GED website, which, hopefully, you have done already.

Now, it's time for you to meet the other requirement to obtain a GED, which is to earn a passing score. You must score at least 145 in each of the four content areas (Reasoning Through Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science) and earn a total score of at least 580 in order to earn a high school equivalency certificate. You'll need a score of 165 or more in each of the four areas if you plan to go to college.

Stress-Relieving Tips

Most people see the GED as a one-way ticket to more educational or career opportunity, so it's only natural to feel a bit jittery on test day. Unfortunately, what seem like harmless nerves can wreak havoc on your score if you find you're unable to recall information or read through a passage. Don't let your anxiety stand between you and the score you deserve! Give the following stress-relieving techniques a try!

1. Get plenty of sleep. While it can be difficult to get some quality shut-eye the night before a big exam, not getting enough can actually escalate the problem, leaving you groggy and unable to remember all you've studied.

2. Eat a healthy breakfast, but not too much. You need good, nutritious food to be on your best game, but too much food or unhealthy food can actually make you sleep and weigh you down. You need to feel your best!

3. Practice deep breathing exercises. Find yourself panicking the first time you read a question you can't answer? Put your pencil down, close your eyes, take a deep breath and count to ten. Let yourself relax for a moment.

4. Remain positive. Remember all the hard work you've put into doing well. If you set yourself up for success, you're much more likely to achieve it.

5. Be resilient. While it's good to aim high, know that not passing isn't the end of the world. You will be able to retake whatever sections you did not pass.

6. Prepare, prepare, prepare. The best defense against test-day nerves is the confidence that comes with lots of good preparation. Walk into that testing center knowing you've done all you can to get ready. Don't sweat it when you come across questions you can't answer. Just skip them, move on and come back when you have more time.

Need help preparing for the GED? Check out's GED Test Prep study guides, complete with bite-size video lessons, practice tests, informational resources, and more to make sure you ace the exam!

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