Basic GED Requirements
Before we get started, know that preparing for the exam does no good if you show up on test day only to find you aren't eligible. Although the basic GED Testing Service eligibility requirement is to be a non-high school graduate at least 16 years old, your state's requirement could be slightly different.
Additionally, if you want to obtain a high school equivalency certificate, you must also aim to achieve no less than 145 points in each of the four content areas covering language arts, math, social studies and science in addition to a total score of 580. If you plan on going to college, you must aim to achieve no less than 165 in each of the four content areas. Now that you know what's required, take a look at this list of the top ten things you should avoid when taking or preparing for the GED!
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Top 10 Things NOT to Do
1. Don't put off studying until the last minute. You can save yourself the extra time and money that goes into retesting by being well prepared the first time around.
2. Don't be afraid to try new preparation techniques. Everybody learns differently. Find something that works for you, then go with it!
3. Don't forget to take advantage of today's Internet technology. There are a number of online preparation programs that help you study on your own schedule and at your own pace. Brush up on your social studies during your lunch hour, or review your math after dinner!
4. Don't forget to review the GED format and time restrictions. Nothing is worse than knowing your stuff but failing because you did not pace yourself properly.
5. Be sure to review everything you need and are allowed to bring to the exam with you. Certain devices are not allowed while others, such as a calculator, are required.
6. Remember to register and pay ahead of time. Preparing for the exam does no good if you show up test day only to find you aren't eligible!
7. Be certain your I.D. is acceptable. If you don't have an appropriate form of identification, you'll be turned away and your place (and money) forfeited.
8. Show up on time! Students who are late won't be permitted to enter the test center! Don't risk missing your chance - show up plenty early and fully prepared.
9. Don't let a failing score stand between you and your goals! You may retake whatever sections of the GED are necessary until you earn a passing score.
10. Don't forget to relax! Deep breathing exercises, plenty of rest and exercise can reduce anxiety on test day, allowing you to relax and clear your mind.
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