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How To Study For The GED® Test

Earning a high school equivalency degree is a major step that can open the doors to new opportunities. Whether your state offers the GED® test or another test, studying is essential and significantly increases the odds of a good score.

For states in the U.S. that offer the GED® test, each state maintains its own requirements and standards for the issuance of a GED® diploma. While much of the material will be quite similar, it’s very important that students select the preparation materials appropriate for their state’s requirements. Adult education centers and public libraries in most states offer free GED® preparation materials, and local staff can help you get started on the process.

Here are five tips for studying for the GED® test:

  1. Dedicate a specific amount of time each day to studying. This can be in the evenings after work or early in the morning — whatever works best for you.

  2. Divide your study time into 15-minute sections: some for reading the practice material, some for reviewing the material once you've read it, and another period for taking practice tests.

  3. Don’t try to cram the studying into one extended session. Studies show that a person's ability to focus lessens after 45 minutes, so it's important to break up study periods into manageable sections.

  4. Try to visualize real-world examples of the lessons in your studies. For example: If you are trying to remember a math equation and you have worked in retail or as a cashier in the past, think of a time when that equation would have applied to your position.

  5. Establish a support network of family and friends who are positive and support your success. Surrounding yourself with positive energy and cheerleaders is key to reaching your goal.

To get started, use the ZIP code finder above to find a local adult education center — they’ll help you every step of the way!

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