June 3, 2015

What to Expect

Do you need a GED study guide? Probably. Here’s what you’re facing: The GED tests are composed of five multiple choice tests and one essay test. The areas tested include Language Arts I, Language Arts II, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics. The Language Arts I test is composed of two parts-a multiple choice portion and an essay portion. The multiple choice test will have 50 questions and students will be given a 75 minute time limit. The essay test will require the candidate to write an original essay based on a given topic. Candidates will be given 45 minutes to complete their essay. The Social Studies portion of the test consists of 50 multiple-choice questions. Candidates will be given 70 minutes to complete the Social Studies test. The Science test will have 50 questions with an 80-minute time limit. The Mathematics test will have 50 questions with a 90-minute time limit.

Candidates taking the GED tests can expect to complete a series of tests consisting of 240 multiple-choice questions with one original essay. Candidates can expect to spend approximately 7 hours and 5 minutes taking the test. This time estimate includes the amount of time that will be given to complete the multiple choice and essay portions of the test but it does not include the time it takes for setting up and receiving instructions. Obviously, the more GED practice you get before taking the real test, the better. By the way, there is a new version of the GED coming in 2014, which is probably going to be more difficult. If you’re thinking of taking the GED, it’s probably in your best interests to do it now, instead of waiting until the test gets harder in 2014.

GED Programs of Study

Anyone who is planning on taking the GED test in the near future should plan on using one of the many excellent programs available to help him or her do as well as possible when sitting down to take the exam. Many good programs are available in different formats; everyone should be able to find one that’s a good fit for their aptitudes, knowledge level and schedule. Every year thousands of people fail the GED, often because people tried to tackle the test on their own. The failure is much lower when people who prepare using GED study programs.

For some people, local classes might be the best way to go. These usually meet once or twice a week, often during evenings or weekends to fit people’s schedules. In class, the instructor will provide useful information on passing the GED. Many classes are organized by nonprofit groups or government agencies, so the fee is usually quite reasonable—sometimes classes are free. This approach is ideal for those who don’t learn well independently or have trouble sticking to a study schedule and don’t mind a classroom setting. Being able to talk directly to the instructor or teacher can be very helpful, especially when a person is “stuck” on a particular topic or question. Their feedback can be invaluable in these cases.

Another approach is for students to work independently, but not completely. This can be done by taking advantage of the many excellent GED study guides on the market. A good study guide will explain the test, how it works, what kind of questions to expect and everything else an instructor would do in a classroom. A good guide should also include a practice GED exam so that a person can take a test run before the big day. This approach is a better fit for those who don’t enjoy classroom settings, have no trouble sticking to a study schedule and don’t see the need to leave their house two or three times a week for a few months. Both approaches are valid; it’s just a matter of which one suits a person best. The important thing is to take advantage of a GED preparation program to make sure you do as well as possible.