No matter how long you study for—2 weeks or 2 months—the most beneficial plans require studying every day. Our 2-3 month GED study plan keeps you on track for testing with weekly guidelines and tips. Each month gets you one step closer to earning your GED!
GED Study Plan: Month 1
Weeks 1 & 2
1. Make a study notebook
Pick a notebook with a sparkly cover, a fun graphic or anything that makes you happy each time you look at it. Use this notebook to record everything GED: study calendar, notes, tips and practice test scores. Refer back to your notebook every time you sit down to study so that you can easily track and monitor your progress.
2. Take a practice test
Begin your first month with a practice test. Taking a practice test can help focus your studying by eliminating skills you already know well and highlighting which you need to study more. You want to spend the most time studying the subjects with the lowest scores.
While you can find numerous options for practice tests online free, make sure you choose a version that fits your needs. GED Testing Service is one of the best places to find an online practice test. Two different types of practice tests are available—free and paid.
The free practice test comes in both Spanish and English (although the official GED is only in English). The biggest disadvantage of the free version: no scoring. But don’t disregard the free test just yet. Even though you don’t get a final score, each question on the test comes with an “answer explanation.” This lets you confirm the correct answer and see explanations for why the other options were incorrect.
Also check out the Companion Guide for each subject practice test you take. The guide outlines which standards-based skills are being assessed in each question.
A paid version is also available through GED Testing Service. The GED Ready is the official practice test for the GED. It costs around $6 per subject test. If you have the funds, consider this option. Not only does it give you a score the instant you complete a test, but it also allows you to review and practice the content and technology of the current GED.
2. Make a checklist of concepts
Create a checklist of major concepts for each subject test. Compare your checklist to the results of your practice tests to discover which skills you need the most practice on. Refer to your checklist at the end of every week in order to monitor and review your progress. Make changes to your study schedule based on the results of your review.
3. Create a “workable” study schedule
Use a blank calendar to create a weekly outline for your study schedule. Try and write down which subject you will study each day and for how long. Indicate what materials you might need to use, such as study guides, online practice or reading passages.
As you write down your weekly study plan, keep in mind that the most effective studying is done 4-5 days a week for at least 90 minutes each day. If 90 minutes is too long, change it! Study for 3 30-minute segments instead. The benefit of creating your own study schedule is that you can make a plan that is convenient and workable for you.
End 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. Record all of your test scores in your study notebook so that you can chart your progress as the weeks go by.
4. Locate study materials
Options for free GED materials are only a click away. At Magoosh, we have compiled our favorite free GED study guides, or enter “free GED study guides” into a search for hundreds of other resources. You can also create a free MyGED account for access to sample exams, reading passages and study guides.
Another option is to visit your local library. GED prep books are often available for check out. If you are looking for books to help boost your reading skills, aim for the text in the 1060-1260 Lexile range. Focus on nonfiction reading that covers the topics of science, social studies or workplace information.
If your budget includes paid resources, GED study books are available for purchase from GED Testing Service or any online bookstore. If you are interested in GED prep classes or tutoring, contact your local GED testing center for assistance. (They may even be able to help you find some resources for free!)
Weeks 3 & 4
Time to put your plan into action! Begin following your study plan daily and make it part of your everyday routine. Tweak your daily schedule as needed to ensure you are keeping on track with your 2-3 month GED study plan.
This is also a good time to find what type of studying works best for you. Try studying with a partner or small group. Maybe you discover that you can’t study at home, but you do really well at the library or local coffee shop. Test different times of day as well. Some people study better in the evenings, while some are more productive in the early morning.
GED Study Plan: Months 2-3
By now, your study schedule should be part of your everyday routine. If maintaining a regular schedule is difficult, take a look at your calendar to see where changes can be made. Try fitting in smaller chunks of study time more frequently throughout the week. Or maybe you can fit in a larger time on the weekend. Find what works best for you—and stick to it!
In addition to reviewing your schedule daily, keep on track with your 2-3 month GED study plan by monitoring your progress each time you sit down to study. It is important to know which skills are improving and which you should continue to focus on.
Studying for a long time can be tedious. As a result, you may find yourself losing motivation. Amp up your studying with some fun ideas. Changing how you study can rejuvenate your brain and boost enthusiasm. You only have a few more weeks to go in your 2-3 month GED study plan!
GED Study Plan: Month 4
According to your 2-3 month GED study plan, the time for taking your exams is getting close! Keep in mind that although you have set a schedule, it is more than alright to allow yourself more time to prepare. The right time to take your GED test is when you feel prepared in all content areas—no matter how long it takes.
If you haven’t done so already, now is a good time to take an official GED practice exam. According to GED Testing Service, the GED Ready is a good indicator of future performance. Almost all students who score “likely to pass” on the GED Ready go on to pass the real test in that subject.
One week before testing
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.
Use your final week to focus on your most difficult subjects. This is not the time to be learning new skills, but rather review what you already know. It is still important to study every day—but if you feel prepared, use the time to just brush up on skills.
GED Study Plan: You have your GED!
Finally! You complete your exams and receive a GED—what comes next? Learn about career and college options by visiting your MyGED portal. Click on the “College & Careers” link on your dashboard to find ways to locate, apply and pay for college. Or, take the online career assessment to explore employment options.