GED Study Tips

The book that I used was the GED Kaplan 2017 and you can use the same method for the book that you already have at home or will buy.  There are newer editions.

Start at Roman Numeral XVIII                                                                                                   Check Mastery of Question

Content Area                                                                                                                               

Reading                                                                                                                                          Mastery

Writing and Language Skills                                                                                                       Mastery                                                           

Mathematical Reasoning                                                                                                            Mastery

Social Studies                                                                                                                                Mastery

Science                                                                                                                                           Mastery

Mastery is important because it prepares you for success and speeds up the progress of getting you prepared to take the real test. 

Then on page 2 begin the practice tests.

There is a sheet of mathematical formulas that you will see on page 22.  Use the formula for each question that applies to that formula.  Make sure later on that you master the formulas on that sheet. 

Keep doing the practice tests.  The last practice test ends on page 52. 

Then go to page 632 for the answers and explanations.  This is going to make you stronger right away.  If you do not understand an explanation right away, read it over one or two times more to see if you can understand it.  Try to find a person or literacy program near you to help you master things that you still do not understand.    The book will provide instructions for further study and you will concentrate on the mistakes that you made and the pages that you have to read to correct those mistakes.

You have to answer all questions and not quit after doing only 5 or 10 questions.  In 2003 I had a student that did not follow my directions to complete the practice test in the Barron’s book that he had at home.  He chose to answer ten questions and he said he only had one right.  I told him to go back and complete the test and he ended up getting 33 percent right instead of 10 percent right.  He soon passed the real GED test.

Remember that you should not look at the answers until you are done with the questions.

You may wish to wait to answer all the questions first before you look at the answers and explanations.

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I have helped thousands of candidates for the GED and TASC over the years.  I helped two undocumented immigrants in Argentina, deported with their parents from Florida and they passed the test in Argentina.  I also helped a youth who returned briefly from Bulgaria who was able to take the test at the last minute in New York before returning to Sofia, Bulgaria and she passed.

If you have children that are in middle school, you may want to see how well your child or children do answering the questions in the book.  Very often this is material that students forget or failed to learn in school and that results in poor performance on state tests.  I gave similar questions to my nephew when he was 13 over a decade ago and his mistakes were quickly corrected.

In states that offer two or more of the high school equivalency tests, try to find out which test is the easier or easiest, especially if you only need to take the test to get a job or enter the military.

The GED Test offers ten college credits for test takers who obtain the highest marks on the GED.  That is something to consider for those people that are extremely well prepared achieve that.  In New York City that would include students who went to the elite high schools but had to drop out for some reason.

Consider this important detail as well.  In the classroom in the Jamaica Houses in New York City and in the Consulate of El Salvador in Brentwood, New York, I sent students to take the GED who were only in my class for four hours and they passed.  They took a similar practice test, passed with either the minimum passing score or slightly more than that, took the real test, and got their diplomas.  One Dominican youth that I did that for, became a CNA and started on a career that has helped her earn much more money.

My interventions also have helped tens of thousands of people in Florida and New York, starting with help that I gave to the office of Governor Jeb Bush in Florida.  And now you can read what I have done to start helping Minnesota.  This information is also for all elected officials, high school equivalency programs, and non-profit organizations so that they can start helping people in communities.