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6 Effective GED Test Prep Tips: Study Smart, Not Hard!

Updated on June 6, 2018
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Winnie is an expert test taker and advisor at GED Study Guide in Test Prep Toolkit.

An Effective Test Prep Makes All The Difference In Passing The GED Test

What makes an effective GED test prep? It mainly has to do with knowing what, as well as how to study. The key to passing the GED exam with flying colors is to study smart, not hard. Your approach to studying for the GED test is the predominant factor that will make you achieve your academic, career and personal goals.

It is not a good idea to take the GED test without studying. With the GED revisions in 2014, many test takers claimed that the exam has become more rigorous. Unlike before, it is more stringent to pass the GED exam, especially if you have not prepared for it. Useful GED study tips are therefore essential in acing the said exam. Consider that the higher your score is, the closer you are to obtaining a high quality education, avail of well-merited scholarships or enjoy a better-paying job. Here are practical GED test-taking tips to guide you.

  • Engage in a smart GED test prep and study plan. You primarily have to know what topics are covered by the 4 subjects in the exam. That’s what smart studying is all about. This way, you’ll know what materials you should concentrate on and not waste your time on unnecessary details. Taking practice tests is an indispensable part of an effectual GED test prep. You have to know which topics you did poorly on so that you can pay more attention to them. Focus on your weak points. Don’t be too rigid on your study schedule, but instead make it flexible. Allowing your mind to breathe allows the facts to better sink in your wits. Proper timing is a must when internalizing the GED test topics, too. Read and mentally ingest more information for your GED test when you are alert.
  • Choose a credible study guide as your reference. It is wise to invest in a credible and updated study guide for the GED exam, especially if you are totally clueless about it. Such a resource will help you focus your studying on the topics that you only need to know. There are sample problems in those study materials which could help you hone your problem-solving skills. You can evaluate your answers afterwards because those items provide explanations to your responses.
  • Read the whole question carefully. Before answering, read the question item twice. Test-takers often make the mistake of reading the question too fast, and this can be a trap. Do the same thing for the answers, particularly when you are studying for your test prep. At the same time, be wary of reading the question too much. The questions in the GED exam tend to be straightforward, and you’ll want to instinctively respond with a “common sense” answer.
  • Steer clear of jumping into conclusions. There are questions in the GED exam that need your careful analysis. You could come across wrong answers that seem to be correct ones, particularly at a careless glance. Note that the GED test can be tricky, with test-makers deliberately misleading test-takers to gauge their intelligence. Make sure that you are choosing a (correct) answer based on the question, and not on your own assumptions.
  • Check your pacing and watch the time. Time ought to be on your side when you’re taking the GED test. Apply proper pacing and know how to “budget” your time. If, for example, you are given 40 minutes to answer 20 questions, see to it that you stick to your schedule. Allocate only 2 minutes for answering every item. Is there an item that you find too difficult? Don’t dwell on it. If its designated time is over, skip it for the meantime and move on. Avoid rushing if you think you know the right answer to a question. Remember to read the question twice and choose the best response.
  • Sport the best attitude. And that’s being confident and positive. It makes all the difference in a successful or disappointing GED test-taking. Believe in yourself and your ability to get a high score in your exam. A positive attitude will make you feel relaxed while taking your test. The most important thing is not to panic but to believe in the thought that you did your best in your GED test prep and you will ace the exam that can improve your life and your future.


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