Test Prep for Any GED Test

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Test Prep for Any GED Test


Some people fail the GED test, EVEN THOUGH THEY KNOW THE SUBJECT MATTER WELL, because they are not physically and mentally prepared for the test on the day that they take it. Here are some tips to help you to be ready to test on the day of your test.

Sample Problem

Mike studied hard for the GED Math test. His instructor felt he would pass because he had passed the last pre-test in Math with a good score. Mike scheduled the test for the morning time even though he is usually more alert in the afternoons. On the day of the test, Mike did not have time to eat breakfast and ran errands right before arriving for the test. He arrived at the test site just in time; he didn’t have time to use the restroom or get water before the test began. He took the test and failed by 15 points.


How to be Mentally Alert and Physically Prepared for Any GED Test:

1. Schedule the test during a time of day that you are most alert. If you are a morning person, schedule the test for the morning. If you perform better in the afternoons, pick an afternoon slot for your test.

2. Get close to 8 hours of sleep the night before, but not too much sleep. Very slight fatigue can actually enhance test performance.

3. Study hard for the test the day before, but let your brain rest from study for at least a few hours before the test. They brain performs best after a bit of a rest.

4. Eat a small amount of protein for breakfast the day of the test-peanut butter or a small amount of meat or cheese is good. Brain performance is enhanced when you eat some protein. Do not overeat or eat too many carbs–this may cause drowsiness during the test.

5. Arrive at the test early so that you are not rushed and nervous. Make a point of using the restroom and drinking water before the test so that you are not physically distracted during the test.

6. If you usually struggle in school subjects and fidget a lot when you are sitting down, there is a good chance that you are a tactile learner. Tactile learners find it hard to concentrate when they are sitting down. Bring chewing gum to the test, if allowed, and chew gum during the test. This will give your body the movement it needs to stay alert during the test.

7. Realize that the GED test does not penalize for guesses, but it does penalize you for not answering at all. So for every answer that you do not know, you must guess. Try to guess the same letter answer each time (for example, if you must guess, always pick “C” for your guess answer); mathematically, there is a better chance of you picking up some points for your guesses if they are always the same letter choice. HOWEVER, if you ALREADY KNOW that the answer for a particular question cannot be “C,” then pick another letter.

8. Realize that your unconscious mind knows more than your conscious mind sometimes does. Trust your “hunches.” If you “feel like” the answer is “A,” but you don’t know why, pick “A” as the answer. That is your unconscious mind at work for you. It knows the answer even though your conscious mind does not. If you ignore your “hunches” or second guess them, you will get more questions wrong.


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