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What is the GED test?
The GED is a multipurpose exam that is recognized across 50 states in the USA. Among high school equivalency tests, it is the most popular and widely accepted one. The basic condition that admits you to the test is an age limit of 18 years, in addition to the fact that it counts as a replacement to the regular high school diploma. In case one has a particular case or condition, he or she may be allowed to sit for the exam at the age of 16.
There is a broad range of uses for the General Education Development (GED) that includes applying for a college or training degree program, applying for a promotion or raise on your current job or looking for a higher paying one, in addition to simply building on your skills that you thought you required an official certificate for. Interestingly enough, of all those individuals who have taken the test so far, around 20 million have passed it.
The GED test comprises of four subjects, which include Science, Social Studies, Mathematics, and Reasoning through Language Arts. The total time for the exam adds up to approximately seven and a half hours. But in all fairness, these subjects are not required to be taken in one go, but instead can be scheduled for an exam per subject. Let us go on and talk a little in depth about each of these specific modules that the GED features.
There is plenty of sciences when it comes to the world and its research interests. The GED tries to gauge the students on a majority of these, including physical science, life science, the Earth, as well as space concepts. The time limit set for it is 90 minutes, where a person is expected to answer short questions that include experiment design, basic thinking processes, or writing an explanation after comprehending a certain text on science.
- Social Studies
The shortest section in terms of the GED test is its Social Studies part, which lasts 70 minutes. In terms of comparison with other sections that judge mathematics or science, this area talks over topics that are very diverse and versatile. However, the four major topics that are tested include Civics and Government, Economics, Geography of the World, and United States History.
In comparison to the Science part, the Mathematics section is comparatively longer, which requires a larger amount of time as well. In this section of the test, the total time available is 115 minutes. The rubric that judges this area is based on algebraic problem skills and quantitative problem-solving. One important thing to note here is that no calculators are allowed to be used during the examination’s first part, which tentatively consists of 5 questions. In the second part of the Mathematics section, calculators are allowed. However, it has a total of 41 questions.
- Reasoning through Language Arts
This section is one hundred and fifty minutes long. At par with the rest of the areas, this is perhaps the most draining and difficult one. In the three sections that it is set out to gauge one on, it talks of three different skills. These are the abilities to read, write, and edit standard English. The reading and editing part comprises of all content that one may expect in an English examination. The second section, where writing is expected, tries to see how good the applicants is with argumentative or descriptive writing.
Once you know what is coming on the test, the next thing you need to do is to register for it, so you can properly draft a timetable to start preparing for the exam. The process can be done in a few simple steps. Let us help you out here.
- The GED online portal, MyGED, can be accessed through your web browser. Enter in your legal name along with a valid email address.
- This is followed by a few simple registration questions. Fill up on these.
- If your case needs additional documents, make sure you upload them.
- Finish by choosing a date for your test/scheduling it.
- Click on the scheduling link.
- Select a location, time, and date based on your preferences.
- Pay through a credit card or a debit card.
- Make sure you completely review your receipt.
Now that you have officially got the GED on your calendar, it is about time you started preparing for this test. There are lots of methods that could help you achieve your target score, and always remember nobody knows it better than you. Review the exam sections once more, and start on the revision. The GED provides its subject checklist, which can be consulted as a syllabus. Online practice tests are a very good way to ensure that you practice the right kind of questions during your preparation. One very important advice is always to have a tentative timeline of when you want to finish on certain subjects before the exam, leaving enough room for a revision.
As simple as it gets, an online GED preparation test is patterned over the regular GED exam. Apart from giving insight into what kind of questions it is inspired by, the online tests provide a sense of familiarity to the actual exam that one may end up giving. The type of questions in such online tests is usually MCQs but other objective questions may also be asked. Followed by such tests is a score that is predictive of your performance and can help you gauge how well prepared you are.
With that in order, we wish you the best in your endeavor and hope you end up achieving all that you want with your GED!