For those who left school short of high school completion and want to attend college or get a job requiring a high school diploma or equivalent, the GED is the best way to accomplish this. GED stands for General Education Development, and is the process of earning the equivalent of a high school diploma. Passing the GED test is the path to college and better employment.
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How to Prepare for the GED Test
The GED candidate must take and pass a five-part test that measures high school level skills and knowledge in order to obtain a GED certificate. The major parts of the GED test are: language arts, writing, language arts, reading, social studies, science, and mathematics. Within each of these major divisions are subdivisions. For language arts, part one of the writing portion is organization, sentence structure, usage, and mechanics; part two is an essay. The reading portion consists of poetry, drama, fiction, non-fiction, and workplace documents. The social studies segment encompasses history, civics and government, geography, and economics. In the science portion, knowledge of physical science, life science, and earth and space science will be tested. The mathematics section tests for number operations and number sense, measurement and geometry, data analysis, statistics and probability, algebra, functions, and patterns. A passing score is 450 out of 800 possible points for each major part of the test.
The length of study required to successfully pass the GED test depends on how long you have been out of school and what subjects you have previously taken. GED programs to study for and practice tests are available at many local educational facilities as well as online. You local library has books to help you study for the GED test.