GED Test Tips: Make Sure You're Comfortable before the Test Begins

You usually take the GED test in an examination room with at least one official (sometimes called a proctor or examiner) who's in charge of the test. (Some locations have smaller test centers that have space for no more than 15 test-takers at a time.) In either case, the test is the same.

As soon as you sit down to take the GED test, take a few moments before the test actually starts to relax and get comfortable. You're going to be in the chair for quite some time, so bunker down. Keep these few tips in mind before you begin:

  • Make sure that the screen is at a comfortable height and adjust your chair to a height that suits you. Unlike a pen-and-paper test, you'll be working with a monitor and keyboard. Generally, you're stuck in that position for the duration of the test. If you need to make any adjustments, make them before you start. You want to feel as physically comfortable as possible.

  • Find out whether you can have something to drink at your computer station. You may depend on a cup of coffee to keep you upright and thinking. Even a bottle of water may make your life easier. If your test center allows a drink, get one before you start so you can concentrate on the test.

  • Go to the bathroom before you start. This may sound like a silly suggestion, but it all goes to being comfortable. You don't need distractions. Even if bathroom breaks are permitted during the test, you don't want to take away time from the test.

The proctor reads the test instructions to you and lets you log into the computer to start the test. Listen carefully to these instructions so you know how much time you have to take the test as well as any other important information. Only the Reasoning Through Language Arts test has a ten-minute break built into the time. The other tests are 90 minutes without a break.

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