GED Study Guide

This GED study guide will help you get ready for this important test. The GED test is developed using four specific categories and students are expected to pass all of them. You need to prepare for language, science, mathematics, and social studies in order to give yourself the best chance of success. 

This guide ensures that you are being efficient with your study time. One mistake that a lot of students make is studying inefficiently or studying the wrong material. Don’t fall prey to that mistake.

Summary: Use our GED study guide to prepare for your upcoming exam.

Always Start by Taking a GED Practice Test

The internet is teeming with GED practice tests so it’s highly recommended that you take one before setting up your study schedule. This accomplishes three important things. 

  1. It gets you accustomed to taking a computerized test. Computerized tests throw some people off initially.
  2. Another reason, and the most important one, is that it shows you where you currently stand in terms of scoring. Therefore, you have the data needed to plan your study sessions efficiently.
  3. Finally, taking a GED practice test will help prepare you for the stressful testing environment.

GED Study Guide

Using this GED study guide to create an efficient at-home study routine will improve your score so pay close attention to the layout here and try to replicate it as closely as possible. We’re going to lay out a detailed schedule that you can use to study efficiently. 

Give yourself at least five weeks to properly prepare for this exam and make sure you stick to the schedule you lay out. Review it weekly if needed. Let’s get started.

Before You Start

Follow these tips the week before you officially begin your studies. It will take less than a day to get everything in order and this might be the most important step you’ll take. 

Start by taking a GED practice test. Review the test and see where you stand in terms of scoring. Most GED practice tests will provide feedback on questions you missed. Review these carefully. 

Now create your study schedule. The following is an example GED study schedule but feel free to modify it to suit your unique needs. Just try to reserve a week for each section of the GED.

Week 1 - Study for the GED Math Section

This section of the GED will test your knowledge of basic arithmetic, as well as intermediate concepts such as measurements, equations, and real-world problem solving. It’s worth noting that you do not have to memorize formulas since the test provides you with all of that information.

You just have to understand how to solve the problems. Therefore, don’t waste time trying to memorize every formula.

Here are some of the exact mathematical concepts that will be tested:

  • Rational Numbers
  • Shapes and Measurement
  • Graphs and Functions
  • Expressions and Equations

Take a Practice Test – Mathematics Section

Take the practice test for the math section of the GED at the end of the week. Review your answers and explanations to help you better understand why something was right or wrong.

Use this practice test to gauge where you are at. If you really struggled with a certain concept, go back and review that concept again.  

Also keep in mind that this section is divided into two sections. The first section does not allow the use of a calculator but the second section does.

Week 2 - Study for the GED Language Arts Section

Familiarity with reading and writing is expected in this section. You’ll be expected to have flawless grammar too. Again though, it’s not a memorization test so don’t waste time studying vocabulary words.

What you’ll have to do is read sections and be able to draw conclusions from them, or spot mistakes in grammar.

Here are some of the factors that you’ll be tested on when taking the GED:
  • Reading for Context
  • Identifying and Creating Arguments
  • Grammar
  • Language

In context, you will have to be able to read and understand passages and then answer questions related to those passages.

Take a Practice Test – Language Arts Section

At the end of the second week, take a practice test. Try to simulate the testing environment to the best of your ability. Review the results and research every missed question.

Week 3 - Study for the GED Social Studies Section

You will not be expected to have in-depth precise knowledge of topics that fall under this section. You’re only expected to understand the basic concepts. Keep that in mind when studying for this section. All that’s expected is for you to have enough of an understanding of the concepts to use your reasoning skills to draw obvious conclusions.

Here are some of the skills that are tested on the GED social studies section:
  • Reading for Context in Social Studies
  • Analyzing Historical Events
  • Evaluating Arguments in Social Studies
  • Understanding and Comprehending Numbers and Graphs in Social Studies

Take a Practice Test – Social Studies Section

End the week by taking a practice GED test but like other weeks, you’ll only need to focus on the social studies section of the practice test. Then review the results and go through all of the missed questions to see where you struggled.

Practice tests are a great way to quiz yourself for this section of the exam. You will be able to see what kinds of questions will be asked and easily test yourself to see if you are ready for this portion of the exam. 

Week 4 - Study for the GED Science Section

This section follows the same theme as the previous ones. You’re not expected to memorize specific, in-depth topics. Rather, you’re expected to be familiar with basic scientific concepts.

Don’t spend time trying to memorize the periodic table of elements or things like that. Use your time to efficiently gain an understanding of basic scientific concepts. That way, you will be able to use your reasoning skills to draw conclusions from questions on the test.

Here are some of the skills you’ll find on the GED test:

  • Reading for Context in Science
  • Designing Science Experiments
  • Interpreting Science Experiments
  • Using Numbers and Graphics in Science

Take a Practice Test – Science Section

Again, following the routine set by this GED study guide, end the week by taking a practice test and focus only on the science section. Once you have finished, review all of the questions you missed in detail.

Week 5 - Take a Full Practice Test

You’ll spend your final week in deep preparation. Spend the first two days taking a full practice GED test. Simulate the real testing environment as closely as possible. Time each test, take the same breaks, and use an electronic test. Pretend this is the real thing. 

Day 3 and day 4 will be spent reviewing every question on the practice test, including those you answered correctly. Dive deep into the content and understand the context of the questions being asked. 

Use the final three days of this week to rest so you are recharged for the real test!

Final Thoughts

Sometimes it takes extra effort to keep your studies on-track - if you wake up one day feeling unmotivated, then take a few moments to gather yourself. Once you dive into the books, you’ll fall into your studies.

Motivation isn’t always easy, but the fact is that your results will be directly related to the amount of work you put into the test. This GED study guide gives you a great starting point but it’s up to you to stick with it.

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