Things to Do Right Before You Take the GED

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

Doing well on the GED test involves more than walking into the test site and answering the questions. You need to be prepared for the challenges in the tests. To ensure that you’re ready to tackle the test head-on, make sure you do the following leading up to the test:

  • Get enough sleep. It’s true — you shouldn’t take tests when you’re approaching exhaustion. Plan your time so you can get a good night’s sleep for several days before the test and avoid excess caffeine. If you prepare ahead of time, you’ll be ready and sleep will come easier.

  • Eat a good breakfast. A healthy breakfast fuels your mind and body. You have to spend several hours taking the test, and you definitely don’t want to falter during that time. Eat some protein, such as eggs, bacon, or sausage with toast for breakfast. Avoid sugars (donuts, jelly, fruit) because they can cause you to tire easily. You don’t want your empty stomach fighting with your full brain.

  • Take some deep breaths. During your trip to the testing site, prepare yourself mentally for the test. Clear your head of all distractions, practice deep breathing, and imagine yourself acing the test. Don’t panic.

  • Start at the beginning, not the end. Remember that the day of the test is the end of a long journey of preparation and not the beginning. It takes time to build mental muscles.

  • Be on time. Make sure you know what time the test begins and the exact location of your test site. Arrive early. If necessary, take a practice run to make sure you have enough time to get from your home or workplace to the testing center. You don’t need the added pressure of worrying about whether you can make it to the test on time.

    Traffic happens. No one can plan for it, but you can leave extra time to make sure it doesn’t ruin your day. Plan your route and practice it. Then leave extra time in case a meteor crashes into the street and the crowd that gathers around it stalls your progress.

    Even though the GED test is now administered on a computer and it’s not necessary for everyone to start at the same time, test centers are open only for certain hours, and if they close before you finish, you won’t get any sympathy.

    Check the times the test center is open. Examiners won’t show you a lot of consideration if you show up too late to complete the test or tests because you didn’t check the times. They have even less sympathy if you show up on the wrong date.