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Planning, Perseverance and Motivation for the GED Test

Getting ready for the GED test can be overwhelming. For adult learners enrolled in a GED class, it's often difficult to find the time or motivation to study outside the classroom, engage in the classroom experience or to measure the effectiveness of study sessions. And for adult learners who manage their own study program, test prep may seem even harder.

Planning, perseverance and motivation are the keys to effective, successful GED test preparation, the most important thing a test candidate can do to pass the GED test. Using these keys will reduce challenges and ensure that test prep is worthwhile.

Explore the GED test areas.

The official GED test is a set of five tests, which measures knowledge of math, science, social studies, reading and writing. Determine which test area you'll probably score best in, and study that area first. Successful and enjoyable experiences with your GED preparation early will help motivate you and ready the brain for more difficult material later.

Measure test readiness.

Use official GED practice tests as part of your test preparation and as a study guide to help you determine skill strengths and weaknesses. Test scores on practice tests will indicate the skill areas where you'll need the least and most work, and will help you outline a study plan.

Official practice tests also serve another purpose. They'll give you familiarity with the test structure and timing. Understanding the way the test asks you to apply knowledge, and how the test is paced is a good way to improve your score.

Develop a study plan.

Study guides and study plans are available, but it's important to adapt these models to your own needs. A study plan that you develop yourself or center around yourself will go a long way toward helping you reach your goal. Develop a realistic plan that's established according to your needs and schedule, and complements the way you learn. This allows you to stick to your study plan and learn at your own pace, which contributes to the learning process.

A good study plan will include frequent short study sessions of 30 minutes to an hour, along with periodic longer sessions –- two to four hours -- to help prepare you for the marathon 7.5-hour official GED test. Be sure to include your weekly study objectives and measure them. Then you'll clearly see what you've accomplished and it will motivate you further. The key is consistency.

Enhance learning with test prep materials.

If you're an adult learner enrolled in a GED class, your GED program probably includes test prep materials. If needed, you can supplement these with additional materials that may be better designed for the way you learn. Libraries often have GED test prep materials for loan, and local bookstores should also have a range of offerings. Materials, study guides, practice tests and interactive courseware are also available online. Shop wisely though; be sure that study materials are authentic and will enhance your GED study program.

What motivates you?

There are many reasons adult learners work on their GED. For some, it's a higher-paying job, a new career or the stepping-stone to educational opportunities. For others, it's simply completing an educational milestone or being a role model for their own children. Regardless of your reason, it's reason enough to motivate you. You'll want to clearly identify your motive and visualize the benefits of achievement.

Consider this fact: Motivation is essentially based on a single premise: how bad you want something. If you really want it to happen, it will. If you really want to pass the GED, you will. It's that simple; it's the cornerstone of your GED program, whether you opt for a classroom experience, an online program or create a self-guided study course.

So, when preparing for the GED, prepare through small, well-planned steps. Accomplish each step; build upon them. Then use these accomplishments as additional benefits and motivators to move you closer to the final achievement -- the GED.

More Resources

For additional GED study tips, test information and free resources on the GED test, including financial aid and student support, visit http://www.passGED.com. The website also provides links to federal agencies and nonprofits that serve GED students, instructors and workforce development programs. For a list of official GED testing sites and administrative contacts, visit http://www.passged.com/test_state.php#1.

Submitted by:

Leonard Williams

Leonard Williams, an e-learning instructor with http://www.passged.com/online_courses.php, is also a curriculum specialist who focuses on research and development, implementation and assessment of best-practice learning solutions for adult learners and people with educational challenges. Leonard’s email is LeonardWilliams@passGED.com. He invites feedback and questions from GED students and instructors.





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