GED Eligibility and Passing Score
Online GED study guides are designed for test takers who must meet specific eligibility requirements. GED Testing Service require test-takers to be out of school and at least 16 years of age; however, some states may have additional age restrictions and requirements. To attain a high school equivalency certificate, you will have to acquire a passing score of at least 145 on each of the four tests in language arts, math, science and social studies, with a combined score of 580. If you plan to enter college, then you must achieve a higher score of at least 165.
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GED Study Guides and Resources
While adult education centers offer classes and tutoring to help people prepare for the tests, many people choose to study for the GED independently using different types of study guides available on the Internet. The following websites offer a sample of some of the GED study guides and test prep resources available on the Internet.
The GED Testing Service
The website for the GED Testing Service, GED.com, is a good starting point for anyone searching for GED study guides. The site offers sample questions, tests, and an official practice test, GED Ready, that evaluates your scores and tells you whether you are prepared for the tests or whether you should spend more time reviewing different subjects. The site also has a catalog of GED study resources, such as workbooks and online prep courses and programs. The GED has been revised and updated, and the latest version, GED 2014, has some significant differences from earlier versions of the tests. The study materials available through GED.com are aligned to the 2014 test.
Online GED Prep Courses
Several GED prep courses are available on the Internet. These courses typically require you to enroll for several months or a full year and provide access to different kinds of GED study guides.
Kentucky Educational Television's Fast Forward program offers a full course that covers all four GED subjects and individual courses in GED math, language arts, social studies and science. Fast Forward evaluates your skill level and helps you create a personal study plan. The program offers instructional videos, interactive lessons and animation, sample questions, testing advice and access to the official GED Ready practice test. You can learn more about the program at www.ketfastforward.org.
DCS GED Prep Online also offers inactive lessons, sample questions and graded practice tests that you can use to prepare at your own pace. This program also offers access to teachers who can answer any questions through email. DCS provides four months of unlimited access to their GED study guides, and you can extend your membership in the program on a month-by-month basis. You can check out the DCS program at www.gedonline.org.
Study.com also offers GED prep classes that are composed of short, animated video lessons, quizzes to check understanding, and easy-to-use flashcards. The courses are entirely self-paced, so you can easily fit studying into your schedule.
Several websites offer access to free GED practice tests and follow-up lessons to help you study. The following sites provide free resources and study guides for the 2014 version of the GED:
- Union Test Prep - This site, www.uniontestprep.com, offers free practice tests, study guides, flashcards and general information about the test.
- GED Study Guide - A free membership-based site, www.testpreptoolkit.com describes itself as a GED community with free practice tests, video lessons and other study resources.