Different Parts Of The GED And Preparing For Them

The test contains five sections in total, which when passed, declare that the candidate has academic knowledge of the American high school level. On passing, the candidate is awarded a Certificate of General Educational Development.

Persons who have not received regular education due to reasons such as immigration to United States, home schooling, the need to work, personal problems or dropping out of high school due to lack of interest can take the test.

More than 15 million people have appeared for it since the program was first introduced and the number is increasing day by day. The test taker can take the it in English, Spanish, French, through audio cassette and Braille. Before appearing for the main test it is compulsory for the candidate to clear the pre-test and get the registration done.

In order to appear for the test, it is advised that the test taker must study all the five subjects in detail.


You should prepare well in order to avoid making mistakes in the test, to learn the skill of time management, to develop proper skills and strategies, identify key methods to overcome your weakness, gain confidence and knowledge regarding each of the five subjects as you might have been out of touch with these subjects for quite a long time.


Language Arts, Writing Part 1,2

Language Arts, Writing Part 1 contains questions related to sentence structure, organization, usage, mechanics and homonyms. There are 50 multiple-choice questions, to be completed in 75 minutes. For Language Arts and Writing Part 1 it is necessary for the test taker to first of all determine the essential features of the question. Avoid wasting time on unnecessary information, try to distinguish between important and unimportant information. Learn to identify the key words. Once the key words will be selected, it will then become clear to you as to what the question demands and thus you will be able to choose the correct option.

For Language Arts, Writing Part 1 you must learn how to manage time effectively. Go through all the questions once and prioritize the questions. Attempt the easier questions first and then attempt the difficult ones so that you get enough time to think over them. As part of your preparation, memorize as many homonyms as possible every day.

Now let us discuss about the Language Arts, Writing Part 2. In the writing part 2 you must read the question carefully and make sure you understand exactly what you have to write about. Remember that the key to good, clear writing is simplicity. Divide the writing into three parts i.e. introduction, main body and conclusion. Do not start introduction until you know what you are going to say in your answer. Try to orient yourself to the text. Once you have thought of some relevant ideas, you need to organize them. The introduction is very important. The approach to writing an introduction should depend, to a certain extent, on the task. While preparing for this part learn how to think about your experience and consider if you have any further supporting points to add. Your conclusion should summarize the key ideas that you have written about. You can also be impartial i.e. take no side or state that you have no conclusion to draw.

Social Studies

This test covers topic related to American history, World history, Economics, Geography, Civics and Government.You will be required to attempt 50 multiple-choice questions in 70 minutes. Questions related to continents, earth surface. Climate, flora and fauna, and industries, maps, charts, political cartoons, speeches, articles and photographic representation will be put. Questions can also be asked in the form of tables, graphs and figures.

While you study, learn marking the keywords and then finding the answer. You must keep a check on your speed. Read as many books related to the subject as possible. Familiarize yourself with the subject. Make a timetable and divide the time so that you can devote ample time to each section and prepare well. To study the charts, maps, figures, cartoons, graphs, you should try to analyze them and then make out what has been asked. Study the charts, maps, figures, graphs etc carefully. Break down the questions or information into parts. Start writing only after the method illustrated is clear in your mind. Give simple explanations, use simple language.

Don't get puzzled, read the question twice before answering. Identify and study the main ideas and how they are developed. In order to get good scores you should try to keep the important trends in your mind and study the questions accordingly. You should keep the time limit in mind and proceed accordingly.

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