Different Methods Of Preparing For The GED

Different Modes of Studying for GED

This is a writing test conducted by the American Council on Education (ACE) to evaluate the academic skills comparable to an American or Canadian high school course of study. The exam comprises a group of five tests: Mathematics, Language Arts: Reading, Language Arts: Writing, Science and Social Studies. The rules and policies of the test vary for different jurisdictions. You can refer to the ACE's official website (http://www2.acenet.edu/gedtest/policy/index.cfm) to know about the policies.

You have to get an individual score of at least 410 and a combined score of at least 2250 in order to pass the test. If you pass this exam successfully, you will be issued a credential (certificate or diploma) certifying that you have American/Canadian high school level academic skills. However, the type of credential offered depends on the state in which you take the test. This article guides you on how to prepare for the examination.

You may not be able to perform well  unless you know the format, sections and question types featured in it. Hence, preparation becomes a vital thing if you want to pass this exam successfully. You can prepare through self-study, preparation classes and online resources.


You can study on your own using books, GED connection on television, online materials & videos.

  • Books will be available at libraries, bookstores and websites. The Key to Success is a comprehensive five-book series that covers all the subjects of the test. The book also includes practice tests as well as sample questions and answers. This book can definitely help you pass the exam.

  • "The GED Connection" helps you study for the test from the comfort of your home by watching the programs broadcasted on TV stations.

  • Steck-Vaughn's "The Official GED Practice Test" and online preparation resources will be very useful for those who are interested in preparing for the test from home.

For more details on how to conduct home-study, refer to the following website: http://www.acenet.edu/Content/NavigationMenu/ged/test/prep/GEDPrepare_AtHome.htm.

Preparation Classes

Before deciding to join a class, consult with the Adult Education Resource Center that is in or near your locality to determine whether you need an intensive course or not. If you have decided to prepare using a course, find out the classes that are available near your locality through the America's Literacy Directory available at the official website of the National Institute for Literacy (NIFL). You can also call the toll-free numbers of NIFL or GED testing service to acquire this information. You can also search for a class using the yellow pages of your local telephone book. For further information related on how to search for a local preparation class, refer to the following website: http://www.acenet.edu/Content/NavigationMenu/ged/test/prep/GEDPrepare_In_Person.htm.

Online Resources

You can find useful online preparation materials in the official website. You can also find plenty of additional online resource materials at this website. Online tests for practice and resource materials available at the website http://www.GEDpractice.com, Steck-Vaughn's online practice tests and the free online practice tests available at the KET's website will be also very useful if you decide to study through online mediums. For more details on how to prepare for GED online, refer to the website http://www.acenet.edu/Content/NavigationMenu/ged/test/prep/GED_Prepare_Online.htm.

Whatever may be the mode of preparation you use, the choice of preparation materials and your hard work can help you to pass the test successfully. Hence, choose the best study materials and prepare well in order to get a better score.