9 Ways to Ease Anxiety about the GED Test

By Achim K. Krull, Dale E. Shuttleworth, Murray Shukyn

Part of GED Test For Dummies Cheat Sheet

You may be the type of person who experiences a lot of anxiety and panic before taking a test. Instead of working yourself up as test day approaches, spend your energy and time preparing for the GED test. Do whatever you can to reduce your anxiety and increase your preparation.

Here are some ways you can lower your anxiety, starting from signing up to take the test and continuing all the way to test day:

  • Make your way through one or more test-prep books, such as GED Test For Dummies, 4th Edition (Wiley). These books will give you an idea of what to expect on test day.

  • Take as many pretests as you can to get used to answering questions in the GED test format. Doing so helps you get familiar with what you’ll see on the real GED test.

  • Double-check the time and place of each test. The last thing you want to worry about on your way to the test is whether the time and place are right.

  • Plan a route to get to the test site in plenty of time, and plan an alternate route in case any traffic problems arise. Planning your route is important and will ensure that you arrive relaxed and on time. Know the cost and availability of parking, if you drive.

  • Arrive at the test site early and prepared. Arriving late for the GED test will leave you standing outside the test room, which means you’ll have to prepare all over again and take the test the next time it’s offered.

  • Arrive well rested. Falling asleep during the GED test may provide an amusing story for everyone else in the room, but, for you, it would be a disaster. Arrive well rested and stay alert for the entire test — you’ll be glad you did when you get your results back.

  • Take a few deep breaths and picture yourself acing the test. Tricks like this one can help you relax and see yourself as being successful.

  • Remind yourself of all the preparation you’ve done. By the time test day rolls around, you’ve done everything you can do in the way of preparation. Now all you have to do is take the test!

  • Repeat a mantra to yourself to help reduce any anxiety. In the morning, look at yourself in the mirror and say, “I’m in charge of my panic, and I’m going to send it on vacation — now!” Whenever you feel any anxiety popping up, repeat the saying a few times. Doing so may sound silly, but it really does work.