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The Canadian GED For Dummies

In Canada, passing the General Educational Development (GED) tests grants you a high school equivalency certificate or diploma, which can give you an advantage over other job or education candidates. Prepare for the GED test by visiting relevant Web sites, getting the most out of GED practice tests, learning some key test-taking strategies, and knowing your options if you’re a newcomer to Canada.

Web Resources for Taking GED Tests in Canada

If you’re looking for online information about taking the General Education Development (GED) test in Canada, the official GED site is a great place to start. The GED Testing Service Web site offers online resources that you can rely on when planning to take the Canadian high school equivalency exam.

How to Get the Most Out of GED Practice Tests

To pass the General Education Development (GED) test with flying colors, try a few practice tests. Reviewing typical GED test questions and feeling confident with your answers is a great way to prepare for the high school equivalency exam. To really benefit and get the most out of your GED practice tests, keep the following steps in mind:

  1. Carefully read the instructions at the beginning of each test.

  2. Know the time restrictions for the real test, and stick to them as you take the practice test.

  3. Prepare for the practice test the way you would prepare for the real test.

  4. Make a mental plan beforehand so you know how to answer the questions in the allotted time.

  5. Focus on each question and choose the best possible answer.

  6. After you finish all the questions or run out of time, make some notes on your scrap paper about the difficulty of the test.

  7. Check the answers to see how you did.

  8. When you finish checking your answers, add up the number of questions you answered correctly.

  9. Review the questions you missed, even if you only missed one, and read the notes you made right after you finished the test (in Step 6).

  10. Go on to the second practice test if you did well on the first one or if you’ve finished any extra preparation you wanted to do.

Test-Taking Tips for the GED

You can increase your General Education Development (GED) test score by practicing – and mastering – a few smart test-taking strategies. Follow these GED tips and you’ll feel more confident at test-time.

  • Watch the clock: when the test begins, calculate the time you’ll have to answer each question. In general, you will need 45 minutes for the essay question and 1.5 minutes for all other questions. Practice this technique while doing sample tests. The more you practice timed tests, the easier managing timed tests becomes.

  • Use intelligent guessing: always answer a question, even if you guess, because there are no penalties for wrong answers. When two answers seem very close, consider both carefully (they can't both be right, but they could both be wrong); look for opposite answers in the hopes that you can eliminate one; and trust your instincts. Ask yourself what the question is really asking; find the best answer; and quickly verify that it answers the question.

  • Leave time for review: leave time so that you can review the difficult questions at the end and check that your answers are displayed properly. Be careful not to use this time to start second guessing your answers.

  • Keep your head in the game: take time to relax before the test; know the rules of the room before you begin; keep your eyes on your own paper; and stay calm.

Canadian GED Tips for Newcomers to Canada

The Canadian General Education Development (GED) tests are generally provided in English and require a level of English understanding equal to that of most Grade 12 students. If you are new to Canada, consider these factors before signing up to take the GED.

  • Check with your local test centre to see what languages are offered for the GED. Although the GED test is also available in French and Spanish, not all test centres offer the test in all languages.

  • If English isn’t your first language and you have trouble reading it, consider taking some English classes to improve your skills before taking the GED.

  • Some test centres require you to prove that you can read English, and they may require you to take an English as a second language (ESL) test in addition to the GED test. To find out if your jurisdiction requires the ESL test, contact your local testing centre or the provincial administrator.

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