Education is a valued resource, and people who have received education are deemed to have better opportunities over than those who don’t – in terms of career paths that require at least some form of diploma. However, there are different reasons why some people do not finish high school despite their thirst for knowledge – they could be driven by financial need, poverty, and family problems. Whatever the reason for not having finished high school, the good news is that now there is a way to earn the secondary education diploma equivalent through the General Educational Development (GED) in the United States.
The GED only requires you to pass a series of standardized tests in the five disciplines of Language Arts – Reading, Language Arts – Writing, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. The tests are made to measure the proficiency a high school student would theoretically have developed. Thus, the problems and questions in the GED tests are for high school level.
- GED Requirements. For you to be eligible to take the GED, you must meet the following criteria: 1) you must never have graduated from high school, 2) you must not be currently enrolled in any high school, and 3) you must be at least 18 years old (some states allow at least 16 years old).
- GED Preparation. If you are planning to get your GED, you can prepare by yourself by studying textbooks or reviewer books. GED also offers free online courses that you can study. Alternatively, you can also enroll in schools in your local community that offers GED classes.
- GED General Tips. Before you take the GED, it would be useful to request for an information packet. The information packet will contain detailed information that you need to know about GED, what to expect, target scores, and the kinds of tests and questions to expect.
If it has been some time since you have been to school, you can sharpen your academic skills by taking preparation courses and sample tests.
Also remember that you are not merely memorizing the questions and problems in your review materials and sample tests. Try to apply what you learn from your review and connect it with your life and how you could use it so it will have practical importance to you. This way you will be more apt to remember and internalize what you learn and better remember it when you encounter it in the test.
GED requires a passing grade of 60%. However, set your mind to achieving the highest possible score you can. When you prepare your mind and attitude for the task ahead, you will find yourself trying harder which would help you get better results.
Practice and simulate GED exams. Time yourself and see how well you really know the subjects. It would be good if you can ask somebody to help you with the review and tests to help you be objective and stay on track. When the test comes, you will be able to pace yourself better.
Finally, reviewing for the GED exams is like training for sports, only that you are training your mind. So try to have fun and do not pressure yourself. Whatever you learn will be beneficial in other aspects of your life and not just the GED exams.