The GED exams can be difficult if you are not prepared. Knowing what to study and how to study for the GED can help make the difference between passing and failing. Many students taking the GED have had difficulty with tests in the past. The difference between good test takers and bad test takers often lies in their approach to studying. A good test taker is efficient - they only work on the areas that they are weak at. Use these GED Test Taking Tips to score your highest on your GED.
Each state, province or territory has its own local administrator that governs GED Testing for their region. The local administration manages the testing centers and overall test processes for the GED test. Because of this, each test site will determine the dates that the give the GED test. Some test centers have regular scheduled test dates (e.g., two weekends a month), while other test centers allow you to schedule the exam at your convenience.
The GED test was completely revamped in 2014. The 2014 GED program is the first major revision of the GED since 2002. The new GED tests are focused on four specific content areas: Reasoning Through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science and Social Studies. The intent of the GED program is to assess whether a student has the academic skills of a typical high school graduate. GED candidates have not earned a high school diploma and are typically older than 16 years of age. GED is an acronym for General Educational Development Tests. The GED tests are developed by the General Educational Development Testing service (GEDTS) which is part of the American Council on Education. The GED testing program is a partnership between GEDTS and local jurisdictions (i.e., U.S. States, Canadian provinces etc.) The local jurisdiction set some requirements, administer the tests and award the high school credentials. The GED tests are only given in person, on computer, at one of 3,400 testing locations.
GED scores are intended to represent a student's academic capabilities compared to recent high school graduates. Although the purpose of you GED score is to evaluate you compared to recent high school graduates, it is not intended to be a complete assessment of your entire academic capabilities. In 2014, the GED scoring approach was modified to more accurately represent a student's performance compared to a national sample of high school graduates from the class of 2013. Your GED Scores are comprised of two items: your GED cut score and your percentile rank. Each of the four main GED tests (reasoning through language arts, mathematical reasoning, social studies, and science) is scored on a scale of 100-200. The percentile rank ranges from 1 to 99.