Getting your General Education Development (GED) certificate is a huge step forward for many people that have not yet received their high school diplomas. The GED can be used instead of a high school diploma to get into college. It can also help the individual to receive more opportunities to pursue higher paying jobs. Obtaining your GED will take some hard work, but the good thing is that there are countless methods that can be used to prepare for the tests.
Know Your State’s Requirements
The specific requirements vary from state to state, and you should first review your state’s GED laws. In most states, you must be at least 16 years old to obtain a GED. You must also verify that you are not currently attending any high school and that you have never received a diploma. Remember that each state will have its own qualifications that must be met. There will likely be some fees involved in the process, but the fees should not be too high.
Practice for the Exam
The GED will require each candidate to pass five different sections of the test. It is important to note that the individual must receive a certain score on each section, and the total score of all five sections must also meet or exceed a certain score. To pass, one must achieve the same score or higher that 60 percent of graduating high school seniors meet, so the idea that the GED is the “easy way out” is not well-founded. The exams are not simple, but you can pass if you prepare.
The five testing areas are social studies, science, reading, writing, and mathematics. Your local GED testing site will likely offer some courses that can help you to prepare yourself to meet the rigorous standards and pass each of the tests. There are also a lot of online resources that can be used to help in the learning and testing process. We recommend GEDforFree.com as a free, online practice test. If you need in-person help, ask your local library and community college about courses.
The most important thing to remember is that the GED is a big step for getting better jobs and continuing your education, so it is important to take it seriously and study hard. Don’t get discouraged and keep trying.
Take the exam
When you feel that you are ready to take the exams, you must register at an approved GED testing location. The testing center may have some additional fees for this process, and you will likely need to show proof of identification. Some states do allow online registration, but you cannot take the GED online. It is a wise decision to check with your state’s guidelines about taking the test as soon as you begin the process to obtain a GED.
The test will take between six and eight hours to complete. Some testing centers do allow the test takers to take the test at various different times. Some states even have evening testing times that will better accommodate the candidates that have other obligations during the day. When it is time to take your tests, you should show up to the testing center at least fifteen minutes early. This will help you to prepare for the exam and get rid of any testing anxieties. Make sure that you have all of the supplies you need to complete the test. You should always bring a couple of extra pencils to the test.
Get Your Results
When you are finished with the test, you will either receive your results in the mail or from the testing center where you took the test. You should understand that these tests are very difficult, but if you put the time into studying you can pass the exams.
If you do not pass, your state will have specialized instructions as to when you can retake the test. Don’t be discouraged and keep trying. The GED can open many doors for you, and even if it’s difficult, it is worth working hard for.
Good luck! You can do this!