If you’ve just decided to take the GED, you’re probably not sure how to get started. After all, this is a test of everything that students typically learn in high school. It covers a lot of material and you are going to have to put in a lot of preparation.
The first step is to find out how the GED is administered in your state. In some states the whole test must be taken at once, and in other states the five subject tests can be scheduled one at a time.
If you can schedule your subject tests separately, it will probably be easier to take them over an extended period of time, studying for each one exclusively before you take it. If you have to take the whole test at once, then you will need a more complex plan for time management. Don’t register for a test yet because you should wait and see how much work you really have to do.
Whether you are taking all the sections at once or scheduling the test over time, a good place to begin is with a full-fledged practice test. It will help you identify which areas you need improvement in. If you can, have someone go over your practice test with you after you take it- someone like a tutor or a guidance counselor. The better you can analyze your results, the more efficiently you can prepare for the test.
You don’t just want to pick out which subjects are your best and worst, but to find out what specific areas are you strong and weak in. For example, if your lowest score is in math, you should figure out which topic areas give you the most trouble: do you struggle with geometry but do well with algebra problems? Then you can focus your studying carefully to pinpoint those trouble spots.
Once you have determined a ranking of which subjects need the most work and which need the least, you can come up with a study schedule. If you’re going to take the tests one at a time, start with your weakest subjects while you have maximum motivation. By the time you reach the last few tests are tired of studying, you will be working on topics that you are more comfortable with. Similarly, even if you are taking the test all at once, begin to study your weakest subjects first. As the test date gets closer, add in some review of your strong subject areas to balance the work load.
Knowing where you stand and having a plan of attack will make the idea of taking the GED test much more manageable.