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Online Study Sources for the GED
The General Educational Development (GED) test offers adults who did not complete high school an opportunity to obtain a high-school credential. The GED was developed by the American Council on Education (ACE) in 1942 for military personnel and is accepted by 97% of colleges and universities that require a high school diploma. You will find four assessment areas in the GED: Science, Social Studies, Mathematical Reasoning, and Reasoning Through Language Arts. These tests are offered at thousands of testing centers throughout the country.
While the official GED test cannot be taken online, there are various online resources that allow you to prepare for the exam. Online study programs are offered by the GED Testing Service and its affiliated organizations, as well as by each state, various community colleges and vocational schools, and by private companies. These programs may be free or offered at a low-cost. A minimum passing score is 145.
You are eligible for the GED if:
- You are not currently a high school student;
- You are not a high school graduate;
- You are 18 or older (some states or provinces allow testing at 16 and 17, though special requirements apply);
- You meet local requirements such as age, proof of residency, amount of preparation, and the time elapsed since you left school.
Online Resource Materials
You will find a range of online GED-related study materials. For example, if you are preparing for the math assessment test, you may review online mathematical formulas to learn how to calculate area, volume, and geometry. You may learn how to use calculators (a specific type of calculator is allowed during the math test) and prepare for the alternate-format portion of the math test. Both test examples and videos are available.
Online Practice Tests
Some websites offer online sample questions and practice tests on the various assessment areas. These interactive testing programs allow you to answer a question and then receive immediate feedback on whether the answer was correct. For example, in the language arts (reading) test, you may receive a sample question asking you to read a document and base your answers on its content. In the science sample test, you may answer multiple-choice questions or review a chart or diagram to determine the correct answer.
You may also take a GED practice test online to see your areas of proficiency and where you may need additional preparation. Some online study programs allow you to review each content area at your own pace and take a practice exam. You will focus on that section until you receive a passing score.
How to Find Online Study Sources
You can find websites that offer GED study material by entering 'GED online study' in your preferred Internet search engine. One option is to begin your research at the GED Testing Service website (www.GEDTestingService.com), which offers several links to study materials, practice tests, and related websites. You could search your state's official web page to learn more about residency requirements and review available resources. You may also want to check the websites of community colleges and universities near you to see if they offer GED online study programs through their adult education or continuing education program.