GED Class and Prep Program Information

You can prepare for the GED (General Educational Development) test in a class, at home or online. Read on for more information about GED classes and prep programs.

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Where Can I Find Information on GED Classes and Prep Programs?

A good place to start looking for GED test classes and preparation programs is at your local adult education learning center. Here, you can find out if you need to study for the entire GED or just parts of it. Alternatively, try contacting your county or state office of education.

The American Council of Education lists contact information for every state on its GED Testing Services website ( Your state agency will have specific information on GED preparation. Depending on your learning style, you can study for the GED in class, online or on your own.

What Do Adult Education Classes Offer?

Classes give you the advantage of working with a teacher or trainer who can guide you through the preparation process. You might take a pre-test to help focus your studies and the instructor might help you develop a study plan based on the results. Instructors might also give test-taking tips and feedback on the essay portion of the GED. Many adult education centers offer classes in Spanish.

What Are My Online Options?

Although the test cannot be taken online, there are many opportunities to prepare through Internet programs. GED Testing Services has sample tests with questions and answers on its website as well as recommendations for other online resources. The official GED practice test is available from Steck-Vaughn online in half-length and full-length forms.

Studying online requires computer skills and self-motivation. Online instruction can be beneficial if you would rather study on your own time and have access to a computer. Many programs have sample tests and answers with explanations and feedback. Some also offer test-taking tips and instruction in the content areas.

How Can I Prepare at Home?

There are many resources available to help you study at home. A televised program, GED Connection, is offered free through LiteracyLink and PBS (Public Broadcasting Service). You can find out more information by visiting the LiteracyLink's PBS website (

Other resources include study guides you can purchase in bookstores or borrow from your public library. Books might offer practice tests and test-taking tips, but you'll have to get your own feedback on the essay. Select prep books with a current copyright date for access the most recent information.

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