Can You Get Your GED at Home?

The GED (General Educational Development) test must be taken at an official testing center. However, there are many resources available to help you prepare for the test at home.

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Preparation for the GED at Home

The GED Test

The GED is divided into five sections that test your knowledge of language arts (reading and writing), science, social studies and mathematics. A GED certificate is considered equivalent to a high school diploma by most employers and many colleges. Passing the exam requires a total score of 2250, with a minimum score of 410 on each content area test.

Instructional Resources

If you want to study at home, the available resources include manuals, the Internet and even television programs to help you prepare for the test. GED Testing Service, the official program of the American Council of Education, has sample questions and answers on its website. It also lists other recommended instructional resources for at-home study. Additionally, GED preparation contacts can be found on the website.

If you decide to search for instructional resources on the Internet, it's a good idea to look for sites that are recommended by educational institutions or other qualified agencies. If you haven't been in school for a while, you may need extra help with the essay or further explanation of math problems. As a result, inquire about what feedback is offered and whether any individualized tutoring is available.

GED Connection

The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and LiteracyLink offer a series of televised instructional programs called GED Connection to help you study for the test. The programs include practice tests, interactive lessons, quizzes and activities, which are completed online. Although the videos and pretest are free, you will have to purchase the accompanying workbooks. Check your television schedule or visit the PBS LiteracyLink website to find out local broadcasting times.

Practice Tests

Steck-Vaughn offers free practice tests for every subject area. These online practice tests feature multiple-choice questions that are graded instantly. No registration is required, and the test is available in English and Spanish. Many adult education centers also have practice tests available.

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