GED Prep Information and Tips

While it may be difficult to know where to start when preparing for the GED, the GED Testing Service offers valuable information to test candidates. Test-takers can find information on preparation materials, sample questions and practice tests.

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How to Get Ready for the GED Test

To save time and energy, candidates should prepare themselves by first finding out their state's GED eligibility requirements. GED Testing Service requires all candidates to be at least 16 and not enrolled in a high school. Each state eligibility restrictions will vary but should not be outside the GED Testing Service parameters.

Because the GED is a path to a high school equivalency certificate and college, candidates need to be knowledgeable about the scores needed to obtain their goal. For a GED certificate, candidates must obtain a minimum score of 580 on the entire test, which contains four parts covering language arts, math, social studies and science. In other words, a minimum score of 145 is needed for each of the four segments. Candidates who want to pursue higher education must obtain at least 165 in each of the four areas.

GED Prep Options

There are three main methods of preparing for the GED test, including taking classes, studying online or studying at home. Many students combine all of these methods, while some only choose one or two based on convenience and the amount of preparation needed. While some students require more preparation than others, it is generally recommended that GED candidates take up to several months to adequately prepare for the test.

GED Classes

GED classes offer the benefit of in-person instruction, which allows test takers to ask questions and take advantage of one-on-one learning environments. Most classes are offered through testing centers at postsecondary institutions. The GED Testing Service has compiled a list of the main preparation contacts for each state on its website, who can then direct test takers to classes in the area. This list can be found under the preparation section of the GED Testing Service website.

Study Online

Test takers can study online through the GED Testing Service itself or through its partners such as Steck-Vaughn and Kentucky Educational Television (KET). The GED Testing Service offers sample questions for every section of the test, in addition to information on formulas, calculators and alternative format questions. This information is also accompanied by videos. In addition to television programs and workbooks, KET offers online preparation supplements, including exercises, sample questions, and unofficial (but accurate) practice tests.

Study at Home

Steck-Vaughn offers many printed materials for home study, including workbooks, sample questions and full-length practice tests. Some of these materials may be costly for some test takers; most workbooks cost between $30 and $50, while a full-length practice kits cost around $590. However, the company also offers a comprehensive guide to the GED for $20, which is an option for more prepared GED candidates.

KET publishes 39 video preparation episodes that are aired on PBS. KET encourages candidates to record the shows for later study, but the videos are also usually available at libraries and community colleges. The video episodes are supplemented by five online programs and three printed workbooks.

Take a Practice Test

The GED Ready test is now the official practice test. The test allows candidates to find out how well they would perform on the real GED test and the areas they need to improve. The practice test also includes information about other preparation material. The practice test is available in English and Spanish 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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