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Proper preparation before taking the GED is very important. If you go into the test feeling well prepared, you are more likely to remain calm. Proper test preparation will increase your chances of completing the test successfully.
1. Think Positively
Part of proper test preparation includes keeping a positive attitude. If you remain positive, you are less likely to become discouraged about the test. Positive thinking will help keep you motivated to complete the GED process.
It is a great idea to practice the GED test before actually taking it. This will get you ready for the test. It will allow you to refresh information that is included on the test. You can find many online GED classes, GED books, and worksheets to help prepare for the test. Practicing the test will also help you remain calm throughout the test.
3. Develop Strategies
Before taking the GED test, you should develop strategic planning of how you will answer the test questions. This should include how much time you will spend on each question, which questions you will spend the most time on, and which questions to answer first. Having a solid strategy when you take the GED test will allow you to have adequate time to finish the test.
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The Big Day
4. Physical Preparation
Preparing for the GED physically is very important to making it through the test day. Make sure you get a restful night's sleep the night before the test. If you can't sleep at least stay in bed and practice relaxed breathing. Eat a well balanced meal before you leave to take the test. Arrive at the test site early so you are given a seat and not turned away for arriving late.
Although it may be difficult to do because of the high anxiety the test can cause, it is important to remain relaxed during the test. Stretching often helps people relax. You can also utilize your deep breathing exercises once again to calm you down.
6. Test Preparation
It is important before the test begins to know how much time is given for each section. This will help you decide how much time to spend on each question. It is also important to read the test directions completely for full understanding. If you have any questions, make sure you ask.
In order to complete the entire test, make sure you do not spend too much time on the difficult questions. If the hard questions are taking up too much time, skip them. If you have extra time after you have completed the test section, go back and work on them again.
8. Answer Every Question
It is important to answer every question on the test. Even if you do not know the answers, still try to give an educated guess. If there are any options you know are absolutely not correct, use the process of elimination to choose an answer. Even if you guess on a question you still have a chance to get it right, whereas if it is left completely blank, you have no chance to get it correct.
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To make sure your test is graded correctly, make sure your answers are marked clearly and neatly. If the answers are not clear, then you may get marked for an answer you did not choose. This can harm your grade.
Following these tips will help you have a more successful experience when you begin to study for GED testing. These tips will also help you during the test.
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Mulcrone, Patricia. “To the Student" in Contemporary’s Complete GED, published by McGraw-Hill, available on Amazon (and pictured above).