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How to Prep for GED?

Most people prepare for the GED Tests through review classes, books, or practice tests. Many already have the knowledge and skills they need. Passing the GED Tests lets them prove it.

Every community and technical college and several community-based organizations in Washington offer low-cost programs that can help prepare you to take the GED Tests. A link to the directory of programs that can give you information about preparatory classes is available in the sidebar on this page.

GED preparation materials are also available at most local bookstores and public libraries.

Test Taking Tips for GED Tests

  1. Prepare physically. Get plenty of rest and eat a well-balanced meal before the test so that you will have energy and will be able to think clearly. Last-minute cramming will probably not help as much as a relaxed and rested mind
  2. Arrive early. Be at the testing center at least fifteen to twenty minutes before the starting time. Make sure you have time to find the room and to get situated. Keep in mind that many testing centers refuse to admit latecomers.
  3. Think positively. Tell yourself you will do well. If you have studied and prepared for the test, you should succeed.
  4. Relax during the test. Take half a minute several times during the test to stretch and breathe deeply, especially if you are feeling anxious or confused.
  5. Read the test directions carefully. Be sure you understand how to answer the questions. If you have any questions about the test or about filling in the answer form, ask before the test begins.
  6. Know the time limit for each test. The time limit for each of the GED test varies.
  7. Have a strategy for answering multiple-choice questions. Read each passage carefully, and refer back to the passage to confirm your answer choices. Have a strategy for approaching the essay as well. Be sure to take a few minutes to plan your essay. You should also save a few minutes at the end for revising and editing your writing.
  8. Don’t spend a lot of time on difficult question. If you’re not sure of an answer, go on to the next question. Answer easier questions first and then go back to the harder questions. However, when you skip a question, be sure that you have skipped the same number on your answer sheet. Although skipping difficult questions is a good strategy for making the most of your time, it is very easy to get confused and throw off your whole answer key. Lightly mark the margin of your answer sheet next to the numbers of the questions you did not answer so that you know what to go back to. To prevent confusion when your test is graded, be sure to erase these marks completely after you answer the question.
  9. Answer every question on the test. If you’re not sure of an answer, take an educated guess. When you leave a question unanswered, you will always lose points, but you can possibly gain points if you make a correct guess. If you must guess, try to eliminate one or more answers that you are sure are not correct. Then choose from the remaining answers. Remember, you greatly increase your chances if you can eliminate one or two answers before guessing. Of course, guessing should be used only when all else has failed.
  10. Clearly fill in the circle for each answer choice. If you erase something, erase it completely. Be sure that you give only one answer per question; otherwise no answer will count.


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