Thursday, October 9, 2008

I Failed My GED Math Test! What do I do now?

Have you heard these words before? Perhaps you have said these words.

What do you do when you take the GED math test and fail? What is your next step?

I have worked with many students who have taken and passed the GED math test. I have also worked with many students who have taken and failed the test.

The GED Math test is perhaps the toughest of the five GED tests. It is by far, in my opinion, the one test that you need to study the most in order to pass.

If you have taken and failed the test, do not despair! You are not alone. What you need to do is persevere and keep on studying. Now, more than ever, you need to complete your GED and move on to the next phase of your educational career!

With the economy the way it is, it is becoming harder and harder to find a good job (let alone ANY job) without a diploma.

Grab a book, any GED math book, a study buddy and keep plugging away. It is going to take time and in some cases alot of time. You may need to start in the area of fractions. Most students do. Be positive and take control of your math learning!

Good luck!

Monday, September 29, 2008

GED Test Prep- Get Plenty of Sleep and be Rested

When you are preparing to take the actual GED test, remember to get plenty of sleep the night before. If you work third shift, you may want to arrange to have a day off. Each of the battery of the GED tests is long.... not short. You will need ALL your mind energy!

Eat a healthy well-balanced meal for breakfast! The last thing you need on your mind is a grumbling stomach! Eat something.... even if you need to grab an apple.

Don't do any last minute cramming... it is better to have a rested and relaxed mind. You have done all your studying already, so just go in and do the best that you can.

Good luck and let me know how you did!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Preparing for the GED and Getting GED Help

What is the best way to prepare for the GED and getting GED help? Three ways include finding a tutor, finding a GED Learning Center, and studying on your own.

What's the best way? I do not think there is a "one size fits all". You need to find out what is best for YOU!

Take a look at your situation and ask yourself some questions. Do you know someone who could tutor you? Do you live within a reasonable distance to a GED Learning Center and does your schedule permit you to attend? Do you have the self-discipline to study on your own?

If you answer yes.... to any of these questions, then perhaps you have some direction. Find the best way for YOU and then go with it!

Good luck!

Monday, June 16, 2008

GED Age Requirement

If you are thinking of taking the GED tests, be sure that you know your state's age requirements and GED requirements. Contact your state or local "Official GED Testing Center".

If you are 16 or 17 you will most likely need to be in a program through a High School or Technical College. Although not always. If you have a Community Based Organization (CBO) that offers GED prep, you may be able to study there as well. There may also be an age requirement for testing.

If you are 18.5 you will be able to attend an Adult Learning Center and begin testing after completing a GED orientation. Again, you need to check with your state requirements.

Another great resource is the American Council on Education website.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Retesting in the GED math test

"I passed all the tests, but the GED math test. I scored a 400 and I need a 410. What can I do".

Believe it or not.... you are NOT alone. I have worked with several students who have scored between a 380 and 400 on their math test.

For most of them, they needed to go back to the basics and review fractions, decimals, and percents.

I know, I know! You just want to take the math test, pass it and get on with your life. You might be someone who can review and retake the test fairly fast..... or you may need to study for awhile and after a month or two.... then retest.

My advice. Find a good book and a good tutor. Take your time, be patient with yourself, and you will know when you are ready again to attempt the GED Math test.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

How many times can I take the GED tests?

Check with your local GED Testing Center regarding the number of times you can take a GED test within a year. Some testing centers will allow you to take each test up to three times within a calendar year.

You don't want to be caught off guard if you fail a test..... and then find out you need to wait awhile before you can retest.

Check first to see what the guidelines are for your area.

Stop in at your GED Tutoring Center or give someone a call.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Battery of 5 GED Tests

For anyone who is new or is thinking of taking the GED tests, it is important to know a little about them.

There are 5 GED tests: GED Math, GED Writing, GED Science, GED Social Studies, and GED Reading (or Language Arts).

Check with your local GED testing center to determine if you have to take all 5 at once, or if you can take one test at a time. It would be my recommendation that, if possible, take one at a time.

You will need to average 450 per test so that you acquire at least 2250 points. But, again, check with your testing agency to determine how many points are required in your state.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Monday, April 7, 2008

GED Math

What do you do when you are working with a student in GED math and you know that they need to start with the basics..... but they want to jump to algebra and geometry? Do you insist that they begin at the beginning of the book or do you teach as needed. In other words, take each GED math problem at a time and address the "how to" as needed?

I struggle with this ALL the time. As probably the most difficult of the GED tests, math seems to intimidate a lot of students. They want to finish and finish fast!

My advice is to determine what is best for you (if you are a student) or for your student (if you are a tutor or teacher). Think about it, talk about it with others, but in the end.... go with what you think is best.

Good luck!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

GED Study Buddy

If you are new to the GED, or you have been studying for awhile, you may want to consider finding a study buddy. Someone you can get together with and study for the GED test. It does not have to be someone who is studying in the same GED areas as you, nor does it have to be someone studying for the GED.

If you are studying GED Math, find someone who is good at math or has previously taken the GED Math test. If you are preparing for the GED Writing test, find someone who is good at writing or has taken the GED Writing test.

You may want to get together once or twice a week. Perhaps you communicate via email.

Whatever works best for you..... in your busy schedule.

Good luck!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Passing the GED Test

Well, it is January 1, 2008 and you have probably decided that you want to complete your GED tests. Easy, right? Well... for some people yes it might be. But for others it can be a challenge. There are 5 GED tests and the two that are the most difficult.... at least for alot of people are the GED Math and the GED Writing. If your New Year's Resolution is to pass the GED, you may want to consider taking classes or getting a tutor. Good luck... and if you are inclined, respond to this post and tell us YOUR story.