GED Test-taking Strategies


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This presentation gives you some helpful test-taking tips that will better prepare you to do your best when taking the GED tests.

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  • Congratulations on deciding to take your GED test. This is a big step but one that could change your life forever.
  • Employers would rather hire someone who has the basic skills measured on the GED test. Just the fact that you had the gumption to study for and pass a seven hour test says a lot to your employer about your persistence.
  • After your have passed the GED you will have gained or been able to show skills basic skills in math, writing and critical thinking. An employer will remember this when promotion time comes.
  • Most job training programs require either a high school diploma or GED. It is accepted by approximately 97 % of college and universities I the U.S. and 95% of employers.
  • A GED can provide you with better career options. Research shows that an individual with a GED certificate earns 7,000 dollars more per year compared to the people who do not have a high school or GED diploma. Just think – if you start work at 19 and work until your are 62, you will be working 43 years. An additional $7,000 adds up to 301,000 dollars. This does not include the insurance and other benefits that often come with a job requiring a high school diploma.
  • Passing a GED test will give you a sense of accomplishment. You will experience a remarkable difference and your life will witness an improvement that will bring better results. Remember when you pass the GED, you’ve accomplished something that only 60% of high school graduates can do.
  • Getting your GED can provide you with the basic skills needed to help your children in school. It also send a message to your children that you think education is important and ia diploma is very important.
  • To be successful in passing the GED test you must know the content areas – reading, writing, math, social studies and science. But, you can also improve your score and your chances of passing the test by knowing some simple test taking strategies. This presentation will help you with these strategies.
  • Many people take their test before they are ready. As a result they fail and become disappointed. Please make sure you know your content material. There are a variety of ways to prepare for the GED tests. Books and study guides are available as are on-line services. Each of these options offers different advantages and disadvantages, depending on what sorts of study methods you best help you to succeed on the test. If you decide to buy or check-out a testing guide or an informative book on the GED test, you will be able to study at your own pace, review information you may not understand and skim over the tips and tests that you are already familiar with. On the other hand, with this freedom of study comes a lack of guidance. If there is a concept or idea that you cannot grasp and no one you know can assist you with your questions, using a textbook or study guide on your own may prove difficult There is also the option of studying online with a tutoring or learning service. This method is a good option for many people because there is the flexibility (especially for those who may work frequently or have families and other commitments that keep their schedules in constant flux) with the guidance of professionals. Many services are free. If you have questions or need assistance, these tutoring sites often have professionals who are free to help explain and work out certain concepts or problems. On the flip side, there are some people who enjoy a face-to-face interaction with a professional or instructor. Lastly, there is the option of enrolling in an adult education class. This is a good choice for people who thrive on one-to-one contact with instructors. This environment provides consistency, structure and assistance when studying for the GED. Many local community colleges offer similar course that you may wish to enroll in. The drawback may be the regularity of scheduled classes may conflict with other commitments. Take practice tests - this is really common sense- it is important to see how well you would do on the official test and to determine where your strength and weaknesses lie. When athletes train for sporting events, they don’t gather in a room and just talk about what they’re going to do- they train for the event through doing the activity. You should train for the Official GED test by taking a practice test. GED practice tests can be found on the Internet or they are provided by local Adult Education programs.
  • All of the GED tests involve reading. Every day read the paper, a book, anything to get your reading skills sharp. If you read at a 10 th grade level or above you should not have problems with the reading, science and social studies tests. If you struggle with reading go to a GED class or find a tutor.
  • Consider taking one test at a time. You will be less tired and you should receive a better score than if you try and take as many tests as possible. Preparing for individuals tests is easier than preparing for all.
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  • Before you take the test it is important that you are well rested. If you will take the test in the morning, get a good night’s sleep the night before. IF you will test in the evening try and not come directly from work but leave a few hours to relax before taking the test. You will need to have a Government issues ID to take the test. Do not forget this or you will not be able to test. You will also need pencils. Scratch paper and a calculator will be provided to you. Also, do not hand around people who speak negatively about you passing the test. You should stay positive and go into the testing situation confidently. Remember that everyone gets upset and stressed out before a big test – It’s normal. Just don’t let this feeling control you.
  • The multiple choice questions have a phrase followed by 5 options. As you get to each question, read the question and all the s=answer choices before choosing an answers. This will keep you from making a careless error. Next, eliminate all the options you know are incorrect – be sure you don’t write in the answer book. Don’t spend too much time on any one question. Do your best and then move on. It is better to answer the easier questions first and then go back to the ones you skipped.
  • Don’t change your answer unless you are very uncertain about your answer. Your first choice is generally right. Fill in the bubbles on the answer sheet completely. Erase all the stray marks on the answer sheet and make sure you are filling in the correct answer on the answer sheet.
  • If you finish early make sure you have answered the questions. – especially those you hav
  • If you don’t know the answer GUESS! You have a 1 in 5 chance of getting the answer right by guessing. If you are unsure of an answer, first eliminate the answer that you are sure are incorrect and choose from the remaining answer. Your are not penalized for having a wrong answer.
  • Please make sure you read the problem. 40 % of math errors are actually reading errors. Know what the questions is asking.
  • A formula page is given to you for your use. Use this to make sure you have the correct formula.
  • The score is tw-fold. How well can you make your point and remain on topic and focuses and Do you have a good basic command of the language and its structure.
  • GED Test-taking Strategies

    1. 1. Get Ready to Pass Your GED
    2. 2. Good job!
    3. 3. GED – A Life Changing Event <ul><li>A GED can help you get a job. </li></ul>
    4. 4. GED – A Life Changing Event <ul><li>A GED can help you get a job. </li></ul><ul><li>A GED can get you promoted. </li></ul>
    5. 5. GED – A Life Changing Event <ul><li>A GED can help you get a job. </li></ul><ul><li>A GED can get you promoted. </li></ul><ul><li>A GED can help you get into college, trade school or other advanced training. </li></ul>
    6. 6. GED – A Life Changing Event <ul><li>A GED can help you get a job. </li></ul><ul><li>A GED can get you promoted. </li></ul><ul><li>A GED can help you get into college, trade school or other advanced training. </li></ul><ul><li>A GED can increase your income. </li></ul>
    7. 7. GED – A Life Changing Event <ul><li>A GED can help you get a job. </li></ul><ul><li>A GED can get you promoted. </li></ul><ul><li>A GED can help you get into college, trade school or other advanced training. </li></ul><ul><li>A GED can increase your income. </li></ul><ul><li>A GED can provide you with a sense of accomplishment. </li></ul>
    8. 8. GED – A Life Changing Event <ul><li>A GED can help you get a job. </li></ul><ul><li>A GED can get you promoted. </li></ul><ul><li>A GED can help you get into college, trade school or other advanced training. </li></ul><ul><li>A GED can increase your income. </li></ul><ul><li>A GED can provide you with a sense of accomplishment. </li></ul><ul><li>A GED can give you confidence to help your children in school. </li></ul>
    9. 9. To do well on the test …. <ul><li>To do well on the test: </li></ul><ul><li>Know the content. </li></ul><ul><li>Know simple test </li></ul><ul><li>taking strategies. </li></ul>
    10. 10. A Word About Content <ul><li>Prepare and learn your content material. Use: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Books and study guides </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On-line services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adult Education Classes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Take as many GED Practice Tests as possible. </li></ul>
    11. 11. To do your best --- practice reading
    12. 12. Consider ….. <ul><li>…… taking only one test at a time. </li></ul>
    13. 13. How long does it take for the test? <ul><li>It will take you approximately </li></ul><ul><li>7 hours to take the entire GED test </li></ul><ul><li>There are five subtests </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reading (65 minutes) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing (including an essay) (120 minutes) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Studies (70 minutes) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Science (80 minutes) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Math (90 minutes) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>You may use a calculator on one portion of the Math test. The calculator will be provided at the test site. </li></ul>
    14. 14. Before the test … <ul><li>Be well rested. </li></ul><ul><li>Gather the materials you need – Government issued picture ID, admission ticket, 3 or 4 sharpened #2 pencils. </li></ul><ul><li>Stay away from people who will speak negatively about passing the test </li></ul>
    15. 15. The day of the test… <ul><li>Eat well before the test. </li></ul><ul><li>Give yourself extra time to get to the testing site. </li></ul><ul><li>Arrive early. </li></ul><ul><li>Take a watch to monitor your time. </li></ul><ul><li>Approach the test with confidence. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t forget your ID and pencils </li></ul><ul><li>Be positive!!! </li></ul>
    16. 16. During the test… <ul><li>Know the time limit for each test. </li></ul><ul><li>Check the clock or your watch so you can pace yourself. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure you read all directions carefully. </li></ul><ul><li>Have a strategy for answering the questions. Some people read the passage, then read the questions, while others skim the questions before reading the passage. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t panic when people finish before you do. There is no reward for finishing first. </li></ul>
    17. 17. During the test… <ul><li>Pause a take a deep breath if you find yourself losing concentration or becoming tense or tired. </li></ul><ul><li>Use deep breathing and stretching to remain relaxed during the test. </li></ul>
    18. 18. Improving your odds in answering multiple choice questions <ul><li>The multiple choice questions on the GED test have a phrase followed by five options. Read all the answer choices before you choose an answer. </li></ul><ul><li>Eliminate the options you know are incorrect. </li></ul><ul><li>Answer the easiest first—Skip any question you are having a problem with and come back later . </li></ul>
    19. 19. Improving your odds in answering multiple choice questions <ul><li>Don’t change your answer unless you have a good reason. </li></ul><ul><li>Fill in the bubbles on the answer sheet completely. </li></ul><ul><li>Check the number in the test book against the number on the answer sheet to make sure you are putting the answer in the right place. </li></ul>
    20. 20. Improving your odds in answering multiple choice questions <ul><li>If you have time go back and check your answers. </li></ul><ul><li>Check each answer by looking back at the reading and illustrations. Don’t rely on your memory of what you have read or seen. </li></ul><ul><li>Use common sense. </li></ul>
    21. 21. Multiple choice answers <ul><li>Eliminate answers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Some answers are obviously wrong </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some answers are partly wrong </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some answers are true statements but have nothing to do with the question </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If two possible answers are exactly opposite, one of them is probably the correct choice. </li></ul></ul>
    22. 22. Multiple choice <ul><li>Watch for absolutes and qualifiers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Answers that include always, never, all, and none are generally not correct. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Answers that include seldom, generally, and tend to be are often correct. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Look for degrees of correctness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If the answer is a number, one choice is likely to be too large and one too small. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If the correct answer is “a year,” one choice is likely to be too early and one too late. </li></ul></ul>
    23. 23. Should I Guess? YES YES YES
    24. 24. Strategies for Math <ul><li>Read the entire problem including the answer choices and make sure you understand what you are being asked to find before you begin calculations. </li></ul><ul><li>If a problem has more than one step write down the result after each step. This will save you time if you have to go back and rework a step. </li></ul><ul><li>Make a quick sketch of any figure that is only described and not pictured then label the sketch. </li></ul>
    25. 25. Strategies for Math <ul><li>Use the formula page. </li></ul><ul><li>Check your answer by substituting it for the variable in the original equation. </li></ul><ul><li>In many Algebra word problems the information you need most is given last. Read the entire problem before you start to write an equation or inequality. </li></ul>
    26. 26. Strategies for Math <ul><li>Use your scratch paper. </li></ul><ul><li>Number questions on your scratch paper so you can easily find the work if you want to check it. </li></ul><ul><li>Estimate if possible. </li></ul><ul><li>NOTE: If it's been a long time or math was not your favorite subject in school, taking time to review with a tutor or taking an adult education class can help you pass the GED math test. </li></ul>
    27. 27. Strategies for Charts and Graphs <ul><li>Remember that maps, diagrams and geometric figures may not be drawn to scale. Don’t eyeball an answer: do the work. </li></ul><ul><li>Always read the titles and labels on the graph before you use the numerical information to solve a problem. </li></ul><ul><li>In addition to math, you will find charts and graphs in social studies and science. </li></ul>
    28. 28. Strategies for Reading <ul><li>Reading is 85% of the test. </li></ul><ul><li>Scan the reading passage to get the main idea. </li></ul><ul><li>Read the questions first to see what information you need so you can look for it when reading the passage. </li></ul><ul><li>Read the passages slowly and clearly. Pay special attention to main phrases and ideas. </li></ul>
    29. 29. The Essay <ul><li>The essay accounts for about 40% of the Writing test score. </li></ul><ul><li>Scoring criteria include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Attention to the prompt </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Appropriate English mechanics </li></ul></ul>
    30. 30. Strategies for Essays <ul><li>Make sure you respond to the prompt. </li></ul><ul><li>Picture the GED scorers who will read your essay. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not worry about your spelling. </li></ul><ul><li>Write as neatly as you can so your writing can be read. </li></ul><ul><li>Try to restate the essay topic itself and put it into your topic sentence. </li></ul>
    31. 31. Strategies for Essays <ul><li>Use transition words (therefore, including, however, furthermore, finally, in conclusion). </li></ul><ul><li>Use life experiences if possible to help with your essay. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep refocusing on the topic as your write to make sure your stay on topic. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a rough draft on your scratch paper. Add, drop or move ideas as you compose your rough draft. </li></ul>
    32. 32. Strategies for Essays <ul><li>Copy the rough draft onto the test booklet. Leave plenty of time to do this. A good rule of thumb is 30 minutes for developing and proofing, 10 minutes to transfer and 5 minutes for final proofing and editing. </li></ul><ul><li>Read your essay to yourself to see how it sounds and to better hear whether verb forms are correct and if verbs agree with their subjects. </li></ul><ul><li>Make corrections on your final essay by carefully drawing a single line through an error and making the correction above it. </li></ul>
    33. 33. <ul><li>Remember it's okay not to know everything — the GED test has some questions designed to challenge the limits of your knowledge. </li></ul>
    34. 34. Taking the Test <ul><li>Once you are ready, you’ll take the GED test at an official test center. </li></ul><ul><li>Beware: Some companies and schools claim to offer the GED test online. This is not possible. The GED test is not given on-line, only at official testing centers. </li></ul>
    35. 35. What if I don’t pass? <ul><li>You need only take the portion or portions you did not pass. </li></ul><ul><li>Before you re-take the test be sure and study. </li></ul>
    36. 36. Picture yourself as a new GED graduate
    37. 37. For More Information <ul><li>Call 877-376-9433 </li></ul>