Wednesday, October 31, 2007


I recently attended the Wisconsin GED and Adult Literacy Conference.

Monday, August 27, 2007

GED Math Dictionary

Did you know.....

  • is, is equal to, equals, the same MEANS =
  • of, the product, times, multiple, multiplied by MEANS x or ∙
  • add, more than, plus, sum, increased by, added to, more MEANS +
  • subtract, less than, minus, difference, decreased by, less MEANS -
  • divide, divided by, the quotient MEANS ÷
  • double, twice, twice as much MEANS 2x or 2 ∙
  • half, half of, half as much MEANS ½ x or ½ ∙

A great math dictionary to use for preparing for the GED test is Usborne Illustrated Math Dictionary.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

GED: General Education Diploma

The acronym GED stands for General Education Diploma. There are 5 tests, called a Battery, that make up the GED tests. They are Language Arts, Reading; Language Arts, Writing; Science; Social Studies; and Mathematics.

These five tests measure the knowledge found in those areas. The GED tests are timed tests that can vary from 65 minutes to 2 hours.

Depending on where you are located, you may need to take the entire battery of GED tests in one or two sittings. Other places will allow you to test one test at a time.

It is important that you contact your local official GED Testing Center to find out the specific GED requirements for your location.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Tracking your GED Scores

Make it your responsibility to keep track of your GED scores. Know what tests you have taken and what you received as a score. If you move, request a certified copy of your test scores. They will follow you, but most GED testing centers will need "official" documentation. In addition, keep copies of all your records, reading and math assessments..... proof of GED orientation..... any GED classes you have taken, etc.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Super Savings on GED Books

I don't usually do this, but this is such a great deal, that I wanted you to know about this GREAT GED sale that I am having. If you are tutoring students, or you are currently studying for your GED, then this may be the sale for you.

You may wonder why I am reducing inventory. I am getting rid of some of my GED books because I plan on bringing in other GED materials and I need the space!


Friday, July 20, 2007

GED Reading: Read, Read, and Read Some More

Read, read, and read some more. All of the GED tests involve reading. Unless you can read and comprehend what you read, you will have difficulty with the tests. Read every day whether it is the local newspaper, a book, or your email. Grad a book and read to your child. If you struggle with reading, find a good teacher or tutor. The higher your reading level and comprehension, the easier the tests will be for you.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Reading level

It is important to prepare using the appropriate learning materials. This means materials that are appropriate with your current skills. If you have a reading level of at least 10th grade, you should not have any problems with the Language Arts, Reading, Science, or Social Studies tests. If your reading level is lower than 10th grade, consider purchasing Pre-GED study materials.

Monday, July 9, 2007

GED Study

Study, study, and study some more! Whether you decide to take a class or purchase GED study materials, it is important that you take your GED preparation and studying seriously. The more you study, the quicker you will complete. If you get stuck in an area and do not understand it, get help. Ask friends, family, your boss, anyone you know who may be able to help you. Sign up for a GED class. Do not get discouraged, and if you find yourself getting frustrated- again, ask for help.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Get sleep!

Be sure to get plenty of sleep the night before the test. It is important to be rested and clear of mind.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

GED or Pre-GED ??

When considering GED study materials, there will be many choices. My suggestion would be either Pre-GED or GED materials depending on your reading ability. Pre-GED is appropriate for individuals who are below a 9th grade reading level. GED materials are appropriate for individuals above a 9th grade reading level.

If you are unsure of your reading level, check with your local tech school or adult tutor and have your reading assessed. It's painless and should be quite inexpensive.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Know what areas of GED to study

It is important to determine which GED areas you are weak in. Many study books will have pre assessment tests to help you determine what area/s of the book you should start with. This is especially important when you are studying math. Consider each piece of math as a building block. You need a solid foundation of basic math (whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percents) before you can successfully handle algebra, measurement and geometry.

If you have access to a learning center where a GED Instructor can assess your skills, have them help you determine where to start.

It has been my experience that the better your reading, the faster you will proceed through the GED.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

One test at a time

Tip #1

If you can, take one official GED test at a time. You will be less tired and you will receive a better score than if you try to take as many tests as possible in one session. If you decide to double up on GED tests, only double up on Language Arts, Reading and one other.

I do realize that in some states and locals, you may need to take all five at once. However, if it is possible, DON'T.

Answering GED test questions

When taking the GED practice and official tests, answer those questions that you know right away first and go back to the others later. Do not spend an over amount of time on questions and passages that you do not understand. Rather, skim through and answer those you are sure about, then go back and finish those in question.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Welcome to My Blog

Welcome to my blog! If you are reading this, you are somehow working with the GED tests. Either you are a student, teacher, or tutor. This blog is intended to be a teacher's look at the GED. I have been prepping students for more than 12 years. Anytime you wish to add something, please feel free to post a comment.