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The Dreaded GED Course

The Dreaded GED CourseGED stands for “General Educational Development/Diploma”. These particular courses have been developed around five subject areas, which are: reading, writing, math and social science. GED courses are specifically designed for students who do not find the high school environment conducive of a learning environment, and many students benefit from a more independent approach to learning. The development of the GED system has ensure that thousands of students have not missed out on the basic high school education, of which we are all entitled too.

What is Involved?

The participants of the GED are required to pass exams; the exams are designed to measure level of skill and knowledge based upon the criteria that has been set-out.

There are lots of factors that would, and can affect the length of time required to complete the course and exams themselves. Each and every individual learns at a differing rate, and it is nearly impossible to predict. There are distance learning options, home study options and or college institutions who offer the GED courses.

Naturally the primary objective of the GED course is to pass your GED exams, and being rewarded your certificate of completion. This certificate is in many ways similar to graduating from high school, and will open similar doors in regards to your career path.

What Is the GED Test Like?

The test is similar to many other exams; you will require the usual paraphernalia: pens, pencils, rulers, calculator etc. Normally, all of your requirements for materials are met by the test centre, but I would take spares just in case - better safe than sorry.

The test is broken down into five individual sections, the sections are as follows:

Language arts – Writing

Divided into two parts:

Part 1

50 multiple choice questions; these are spread across the following topic areas:

  1. Organisation (15%)
  2. Sentence Structure
  3. Usage
  4. Mechanics

Part 2

You are required to write an essay within a 45 minute timeframe. Within this time there are certain actions that need to be performed to be successful. You shall be required to plan and write an essay on a topic of choice. You must clearly define your and organise your essay properly, and marks are awarded for structure, organisation, development of ideas and opinions and, of course, sentence structure, grammar and spelling.


This section consists of a multiple choice exam, and you will be tested on the following areas:
  • Psychics and Chemistry
  • Life Science
  • Earth and Space Science

Mathematics (Math)

Again, multiple choice which is divided into two sections. The Math exam, will typically explore your understanding and ability within the following areas:
  • Problem-Solving
  • Chart Interpretation
  • Table Interpretation
  • Graph Interpretation
Within the Mathematics exam you will be presented with both multiple-choice and also constructed answers. Constructed answers are designed to test your understanding of the mathematics behind the question. All workings should be clearly demonstrated, and properly structured to demonstrate the understanding of what is being asked and how this relates to the issue (problem).

Make sure that you know and understand the following topic areas:
  • Number Sense
  • Measurement and Geometry
  • Data Analysis (statistical analysis and geometry)
  • Algebra, functions and, of course, patterns

Social Studies

Once again this is based upon the multiple choice model, 50 questions and a pertained time in which to answer the questions.  The exam is broken down into areas covering:
  • History
  • Geography
  • Civics and Government
  • Economics
You will have to brush up on your general knowledge here, make sure that you understand any important events, dates or times that are of historic value, obviously, topics that have been covered. Naturally, all of the material that you would be required to understand will be include within the curricula, and if you are lucky your tutor may point you in the right direction of common topics! I certainly wouldn’t be going rouge here, and developing new ground breaking theories – leave that to the professionals. All that you want to do is demonstrate consistent and coherent arguments and opinions.

Where Do You Take Your Tests?

If you would like to find out where your nearest test centre is then this is a simple task. There are over 2,800 GED test centres based around the world. Visit the American Council on Education where you can use your Zip code to find the closest test centre. Alternatively, you can simply type into your preferred search engine GED: location. For example GED California, and have a look through the results. Google and other search engines are apt at geo targeting, so you should be presented with a list of local search listings.

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