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How to Do Your Best on the GED Tests

Part of the The GED For Dummies Cheat Sheet

You plan to take the GED tests because you want to receive your high school diploma equivalency, right? You’re spending the time and money to take the tests, so why not ensure that you do your best? To do your best on these tests, make sure you’re as prepared as possible for everything the GED has to throw at you.

The best way to prepare yourself is to take as many practice tests, or pretests, as you can. After taking these pretests, you can check your answers with those provided. For your added benefit, most answers also come with explanations to help you understand why they’re right. If you take these pretests seriously, you’ll get an idea of how well you’ll do on the real tests. And if you follow the rules on the practice tests and check all your answers (and understand why you missed the ones you did), you’ll be ready for the real GED come test day.

In addition, keep the following tips in mind when taking the GED:

  • Listen to all directions given before the test. The words of the examiner just before the test tell you everything you need to know to answer the questions properly, which is very important when you’re taking a standardized test.

  • Read and follow all the directions given on the test. If you don’t follow all the instructions given on the test, you may not pass it, and, as a result, you may have to take it again if you want to receive your high school equivalency diploma.

  • Carefully read each question and all the answers offered. If you skip reading one or more of the answers for a question, you risk missing the best answer because you didn’t read it (which means you risk getting the question wrong).

  • Always choose the best answer based on the material presented. Everyone brings outside knowledge into the tests, but you must remember that the questions aren’t testing your prior knowledge. They’re testing your ability to answer questions based on the material presented.

  • Answer all the questions. Practice guessing logically if you aren't sure of an answer. You don’t lose any points for guessing wrong (you just don’t gain any).

  • Trust your instinct. Your first answer is usually right. Don’t spend a lot of time changing questions.

  • Mark the answer sheets carefully. You get points only for answers marked correctly on the answer sheets.

  • If you want to change an answer (and you’re positive your first answer is wrong), make sure you completely erase your first mark. If the machine that grades the tests thinks you marked more than one answer, it will mark your answer as wrong.

  • Watch the time. You have a strict time limit.

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