If you are in need of a GED (General Equivalency Diploma), then you may or may not be aware of the significant changes that have taken place in 2014 to the test. Those changes will impact the millions of people that attempt to take the test nationwide and will now find that they face additional barriers to passing the examination. However, here is an easy way to avoid those obstacles and help you to get your GED faster.
- know that the GED test has gotten harder
- figure out what you need to study
- take practice tests
- be realistic
- be committed
- believe others can do this for you
- get the GED for anybody else but yourself
- believe that you are stupid because you didn’t finish high school
- think you can avoid getting your GED
- give up
Understand that the test has changed for the first time in 12 years and it got a lot harder in 2014 (especially in math) and became completely computerized (versus paper and pencil test). Even students that completed the 12th grade in 2013 are now several grade levels below what is needed to pass the GED.
Obtain an assessment of what you need to work on first before you begin preparation, so that you don’t waste time and effort studying what you already know. Understand that the vast majority of people that seek their GED are not at “grade level” and need to first make up that shortfall before they can begin to prepare to take the test itself.
Look for a preparation program that will be able to simulate test conditions and take practice tests.Test anxiety is a key element in pass rates and to be comfortable in the test environment (especially for those that aren’t comfortable on the computer) is critical to success.
If you dropped out of high school prior to the test change, you are already behind on the material. The greatest disservice you can do for yourself is to believe you can take the test, without proper preparation or that it can be done quickly. A typical student who has a 9th grade level comprehension takes at least 1 year to prepare for and pass all segments of the test.
If things in your life don’t allow you to study every day and consistently attend preparation sessions, then it might be better to wait. Straighten out child care, transportation, schedules, work issues, etc. before attempting to prepare for and take the GED.
You have to be motivated and simply do the work – there is no short cut. You can’t fake your way through the test.
Don’t join a program for the sake of making a parent, significant other, Parole Officer, etc. happy. You have to want it for yourself and truly embrace how this will change your life. Understand that this is the first step for you to take control of your life.
Life happens and some people simply don’t do well in a school setting. Look for a preparation program that is personalized and isn’t more time just sitting in a classroom listening to a teacher lecture. Think about why you didn’t finish high school and realize that a different approach might work better.
More and more industries require a GED that did not previously, including trucking, manufacturing, construction, trade, retail, food services, etc. If you do not obtain your GED, you will find that it is extremely difficult to find and keep a job and it will only get harder the longer you are out of school.
Math is the hardest segment and the vast majority of people stop when they hit the math wall. Understand you aren’t alone and need extra help with math – it’s OK.
The GED (General Equivalency Diploma) was created in 1942 to meet the needs of GIs. But now, more than 500,000 people take the test worldwide each year. High school dropouts who obtain a GED typically earn an average of $385,000 more in their lifetime than people without. That’s a raise of $12,000 a year for most people.
Some well-known GED graduates include Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas, news anchor Peter Jennings, comedian Chris Rock, and actor Michael J. Fox. So you shouldn’t be ashamed of going back and getting your GED – no matter how old or young you are.