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Tips for Preparing for the GED - The Sawyer School

Tips for Preparing for the GED

The General Education Development (GED) test is designed to examine the extent of your knowledge of five topics that high school students study: language arts writing, language arts reading, mathematics, science, and social studies. Most people who want to obtain a GED certificate need a refresher course in these topics. Luckily there are a few ways you can obtain the information you need to pass. You can purchase books and study guides, use online resources, or sign up for adult education classes.

Study Guides and Books
There are a number of books and study guides you can use to help you prepare for the GED test. The benefit to using these materials is you can study at your own pace, skip the things you already know, and focus more intently on the gaps in your knowledge. These books can be easily obtained from bookstores, through the Internet, and even at your local library. Be aware, though, that you must be disciplined enough to avoid distractions and study when you need to. Additionally, there won’t be anyone available to talk to should you need help with the material.

Internet Services
One of the main challenges to obtaining your GED certificate is finding the time to study, particularly if you work full time, have a family, or have other commitments that take up a good deal of your time. Luckily the Internet can help out in this area. There are a number of websites that provide assistance and resources to help you prepare for the GED exam. You can use these resources to study when you have time. Additionally, there may be forums where you can connect to other people studying for the exam or professionals available to answer your questions. However, you must have access to the Internet and all communication takes place through email or on forums, which can be disconcerting for people that prefer face-to-face contact with others.

Adult Education Courses
An alternative to using books or Internet resources, you can sign up for an adult education course designed to prepare you for the GED test. This is a great option for people that do better with face-to-face contact with their instructors. These classes also provide structure, which is good for people that need help remaining disciplined enough to study. You can find these courses at any community college or learning annex. However, you do have to make time in your day for them.

When preparing for the GED test, consider all of the options available to you as well as your needs and preferences. Then pick the one that best suits your situation and provides the highest chances of successfully obtaining a GED certificate.