Some Study Suggestions For Success On The GED Exam

Feb 5, 2014 | 8:00 am
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Student filling out answers to a test with a pencil.For those ambitious individuals who are determined to earn their high school diploma, relevant coursework and study preparation can be done one of three ways. Students can take correspondence classes through the mail, enroll in and attend public adult education classes, or study at home using the myriad online resources that are available for GED exam preparation. For most students the most practical and convenient option is to do their study and preparation online. In order to make the most out of the opportunity to study for your GED exam via the internet it is a good idea to heed a few suggestions.

First and foremost, be aware of the requirements for earning your GED that are specific to the state in which you live. While the GED exam itself is for the most part the same in all states, the requirements for taking it as well as other mandates often vary between states. There is a separate state sanctioned official website for all fifty states in the U.S. detailing the requirements and other information specific to the GED program for each state.

It is also important to know what information is going to be covered on the GED exam. There are five individual sections on the exam including language arts with emphasis on writing, language arts with an emphasis on reading, social studies, science, and math. Preparing for these topics by yourself can be challenging so it is also highly recommended that you enroll in an online GED prep course. There are countless websites offering these classes but be aware that not all of them are legitimate. For every website that is on the up-and-up in terms of the GED study assistance it offers, there is at least one website that is a scam. These sites are known as diploma mills and they typically try to either sell you a high school diploma or charge you a fee to enroll in fake study courses. The GED exam itself can never be taken online; it is always administered in person at an authorized GED testing facility and any claims to the contrary are signs of a scam.

Before you begin studying, find a GED study guide to supplement your online study and coursework. Bookstores and libraries typically have entire sections of useful guides but a basic search on your favorite search engine will bring up the scores of study guides and resources that are available online. Everyone studies differently at a different pace and responds to guidance and direction differently. Read through portions of the study guides that you are able to find both on and offline and choose one or two that you respond to best.

One thing that you may want to do in order to stay motivated in your pursuit of your GED is to find someone who is willing to help you study. People’s schedules are hectic so it may be unrealistic to find someone with whom to study everyday (unless there is someone you know who is also working toward his or her GED) but it can be extremely helpful to have someone in your corner that can help you study and offer emotional support and encouragement. There are study forums, chat rooms, and message boards online specifically for adults looking to earn their GED. Take advantage of virtual resources like these in order to maximize your study time.