A 1 month GED study schedule requires diligence and dedication. Follow our steps to help you study 1 month prior to test day. Each week outlines tips and objectives to keep you on schedule and get you ready to GED test in 1 month!
1. Take a practice test
Your first step is to take an overall look at your current level of academic skill. Find a free practice test online or visit your MyGED portal to schedule through GED Testing Service. This is an easy way to find out which content areas you know well and which you need to improve. GED Testing Service also provides a study guide based on your individual results.
A practice exam is also a great way to experience what the real GED test is like. Familiarize yourself with different question types as well as what kind of information is presented. Make a note of tasks that are difficult for you to perform on the test.
Review your test results within a day or two of completing your practice exam. Which areas did you score well in? Which need more work? Your scores indicate areas you should focus on first. Spend the most time studying the subject with the lowest score.
2. Make a study guide
Create a checklist of major concepts for each subject test. As you read through your checklist, note which skills you know well and which you need to continue working on. Review your checklist often to monitor your studying progress.
3. Create a study schedule you can stick to
How often you study greatly impacts your chance of successfully passing the GED. The most effective studying is done 4-5 days a week for at least 90 minutes each day.
If a 90-minute session is too long for you, break it up! Study for 3 30-minute segments instead. Taking breaks in between study sessions is always a good idea. Get up, get moving and give your brain a chance to unwind a bit.
Use a blank calendar to create a weekly outline for your study schedule. Mark your goals each day for both study duration and subject. How long are you going to study each day? Which content area are you focusing on? What materials are you using to study?
Finish each week with a short practice test in every content area. Search for free tests online or look through the options provided by GED Testing Service. Base next week’s study schedule on how successful you were on your practice tests. Increase study time on subjects you score poorly on.
4. Find study materials
Plenty of GED materials can be found online. Decide which works best for both your budget and learning style.
GED study books can be purchased from GED Testing Service or any online bookstore. Contact your local GED testing center to find GED prep classes or one-on-one tutoring. They may be able to help you find some resources for free!
Free GED materials are available as well. Searching online by specific content: “free GED math resources” or broad: “free GED practice” will turn up hundreds of possible resources. Create a free MyGED account for access to sample exams, reading passages and study guides.
Find GED reading materials at your local library. Books in the 1060-1260 Lexile range are appropriate for GED study. Focus on nonfiction reading that covers the topics of science, social studies or workplace information.
Keep on track with your 1 month GED study schedule by following your daily study plan. Putting in hard work now increases your chances of successfully passing the GED. Every time you feel your motivation waning, remember that it will be worth it in the end!
Don’t get stuck using boring study habits. Don’t get stuck using boring study habits. Incorporate a little “fun” into your study hours to make your study time more efficient. Read some ideas on Fun Ways to Prep for the GED and find something that works for your GED study schedule.
It is also extremely important to monitor and track your progress. Be aware that a 1 month GED study schedule is not always enough time for some students to fully prepare for the GED. On average, most students require 3-8 months of study time before they take the test.
The right time to test is when you feel prepared in all content areas—no matter how long it takes. Take an official practice exam through GED Testing Service to see if you are really ready. At the end of each test, MyGED provides you with an individualized study guide that outlines which skills you did well on and which need more work.
Use your final week to really focus on your most difficult subjects. This is not the time to be learning new skills, but rather review what you already know.
Practice flashcards, take an online quiz, brush up on your typing skills. It is still important to study every day—but if you feel prepared, cut your study time in half. Review, refresh and relax!
Schedule your GED exams
Just like your study schedule, how you create your GED testing days schedule is completely up to you. Locate your testing site to begin determining a schedule that works for you. You can test all subjects in one day or spread out your tests over a matter of weeks.
Pack up for test day
Prepare all the materials you need for test day. You need to bring a valid form of ID and a TI-30XS Multiview Scientific Calculator (if you wish to use one during testing). Personal belongings such as cell phones, handbags, backpacks, wallets and keys are not allowed in the testing room.
Individual testing sites may have additional rules and regulations, so make sure you check this information when scheduling your exams.
Pass your GED!
You made it to the final step in your 1 month GED study schedule! Congratulations!
Where are you going next? Explore career and college options through your MyGED portal. Take a career assessment and learn about jobs. Or follow the “College & Careers” link on your dashboard to find ways to locate, apply and pay for colleges.