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5 GED Practice Test Tips To Hone Your Test-Taking Skills

Updated on August 22, 2018
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Winnie is an expert test taker and advisor at GED Study Guide in Test Prep Toolkit.

GED Practice Tests Give You The Confidence To Ace Your Exam

Students drop out of high school because of numerous reasons. They thus become unqualified and unfit to pursue further education or improve their careers. It has been estimated that over thirty-nine million of Americans are categorized as dropouts and unable to obtain a high school diploma. One of the best hopes for these people is to get hold of a high school equivalency certificate such as the GED. If you are planning to take it, you should take time for an effective GED test prep which includes taking GED practice tests.

Passing the GED test means gaining a certificate that is generally considered to be an equivalent of a high school diploma. Fret not if you are unsure about your skills for taking this test. There are various avenues for you to improve your test-taking skills. You can join prep classes, hire a tutor or study on your own with the help of an online or offline test prep program. This article will discuss 5 secrets that can guide you in passing the GED test.

  • · Read the questions first and look for the answer in the passage or infographic. Skip reading the passage, image, chart or graph, etc. and proceed to reading the question first. This method will help you save time because you’ll know what you’re looking for in the passage or infographic. Consider that you have limited time to answer each question, and this test-taking strategy will enable you to answer the questions quickly.
  • · Know that the GED is a straightforward test. There are no traps or tricks in it. The creator of this test has made it clear and comprehensible. Steer clear of thinking that there are loopholes or hidden meanings in the exam. It is likely that the obvious answer is the correct one.
  • · Determine an answer to the question before reading the answer choices. Initially read the question then think about its possible answer without going over the answer choices. This method is guaranteed to make you arrive at the correct answer once it appears in the answer choices. Read the question again if you cannot find your guess in the selected responses.
  • · Eradicate wrong answers and narrow down your choices. This is an effective guessing technique for the GED test. If you are having difficulty figuring out the correct answer, start by eliminating the wrong answer choices. You’ll be more focused if you’re left to choose between two answer choices rather than four.
  • · Be aware of effective guessing techniques. Guessing does not mean that you should randomly pick an answer. Smart guessing means that you’re choosing an answer based on logic. Doing so will give you an inkling that your answer is correct even if you are not 100% sure. Derive your choice based on keywords as well as phrases. Try estimating, too, or making a comparison.

The best way to hone your test-taking skills is by taking GED practice tests. These mock tests will acclimatize you to the real GED test. Familiarity breeds comfort in this case where you get used to answering questions that are similar to the GED test that you’ll be taking. Get a baseline score from an official GED practice test so you can gauge your initial score and accord the extent of your test prep to achieving your target score.

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