Passing the GED

Setting a personal goal to pass the GED is only the first step in what may become a life-changing event. In today's society the word is "education," and the more education you have, the more your likelihood to experience increased prosperity and greater satisfaction with life overall. Education opens up opportunities for employment, but that education begins with achieving the credentials of a high school diploma or a high school equivalency certificate such as the GED. Remember that obtaining a high school certificate also is required if your plans include the hope to attend college or university in the future.

The GED is a battery of five standardized tests on the subjects of reading, writing, science, social studies, and mathematics. Furthermore, passing the GED will provide you with the credentials of a high school education. Now you may be asking what you must do in order to pass the GED.

In order to pass the GED, developing good study habits is essential. Don't forget that in total, the GED testing period takes over 7 hours in length. If cramming the night before the test is your answer, you should stop reading right now. In fact, good study habits also will play a key role in your professional development, as well. Once you become employed, your educational experiences that taught you how to study will provide the foundation for the art and skill you use when effectively "studying an issue or problem."You should consider several techniques to include in your studying routine. These techniques include 1) study time, 2) study method, 3) study organization, and 4) study environment.

Passing the GED

Study Time That is Spent Wisely
One of the primary reasons that people fail a test is that they simply did not use their study time wisely. A person who decides to cram all of their studying on a subject into a compressed time period such as the night or the week before the exam will find quickly that they simply do not have enough hours in which to absorb the information. Effective studying for a classroom subject requires reviewing the information several times a week in order to give yourself the opportunity to think the study materials over in your mind. In terms of order, studying should help you absorb the general concepts or main ideas first and then follow by learning the details.

Study Method Beyond Memorization
The method by which an individual inputs information during a study session is especially important. Too often, the process of studying is tied to the task of "memorization." However, the process of studying actually should involve putting a pencil to paper or typing onto computer keyboard. A person's ability to write down the information by taking notes will reinforce their ability to retain the information in lieu of simply trying to memorize it. Taking notes in an organized fashion along with an ability to write down a summary of the material will go a long way in helping you learn and retain information on the subject at hand.

Study Organization
Almost every task requires some form of organization—in this way, studying is no different. Accordingly, effective studying requires maintaining classroom notes in an organized and neat fashion. You may wish to use a single notebook dedicated to a single subject, or you may wish to use one notebook containing multiple subjects separated by tabs. Be prepared to begin studying with the necessary materials at hand—a textbook, classroom notes, or the course outline. Once you begin to focus on the study task, you will become distracted if you have to spend time searching for those missing subject documents.

Study Environment
Studying effectively also involves the ability to concentrate and stay focused. As such, your study location or environment should be conducive to the task at hand. Study locations always should avoid areas and rooms with constant noise, distractions, and heavy traffic. The best study locations have adequate light levels, a quiet atmosphere, and minimal outside disturbances. Studying is all about focusing. Many people suggest that studying with low volume levels of calming music or nature sounds such as a moving stream of water from a brook or the continual tone of ocean waves in fact can be helpful for the study environment. In addition, study periods should be part of your regular routine within a typical day so your study time does not interfere with normal bedtime hours. Taking short breaks during a study period helps your memory to retain the material and relieves the boredom of studying in concentrated sessions.

Don't worry if you've heard news reports about a "new" GED exam. It's true that the GED is being updated, but the updated one won't take effect until 2014, so all the information on our site is still up to date.

Last Updated: 05/15/2014