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Beth Gonzales

Can You Study for the GED in One Week?

Can you study for the GED in one week? It may seem like a good idea, but might not be your best option in the long run. Most students require months to effectively study for the GED. If your goal is a passing score, wait to test until you are fully prepared. No matter how long it takes!

Overview of GED

The GED is a high school equivalency exam covering four major content areas. It takes high school students four years to learn the same amount of information needed to successfully pass the GED. Studying for just one week may not be the best use of your time or money. If you take the test before you are truly prepared, you risk having to repeat the exam in order to get a passing grade.
 

How can you study for the GED?

Ultimately, feeling prepared for the GED is the best guide for your test-taking timeline. GED preparation generally takes anywhere from 3-8 months, depending on how much time you devote to your studies each week.
 
Your goal is to successfully pass the GED. Study for as long as you need in order to be ready for the educational challenges that await you. Try the following tips and ideas to help streamline your studying and make the most of your GED prep!

Make a Study Guide

Create a checklist of major concepts for each subject test. As you read through the checklist, note which skills you know well and which you need to continue working on. Use your checklist to monitor your progress and gauge when you are fully prepared to take the GED.

Use online materials

Search online to find free resources and practice materials to help you study for the GED. Create a free account with the official GED testing service. Practice tests are available for every subject and offer answer keys so you can track your progress. They are a great way to determine if you are ready for the actual GED test—saving you both time and money in the long run.
 
Another great resource is online flashcards—you don’t even have to create your own! Sites like Cram or Quizlet allow you to use existing sets of GED flashcards for free. Keep your studying focused by searching for sets that cater to your specific study needs.

Study Smart

Study in 40-90 minutes segments, at least once or twice a day. Time yourself to see how much information you cover each time you sit down to study. Refer back to your study checklist every day to help track your growth.
 
Take a break any time your focus wanders. Take a walk, stretch a little, do something that gets you out of your chair and on your feet. Taking breaks makes your study time more effective—regular exercise helps you maintain better focus when you return to studying for the GED.
 
Studying for the GED should take longer than a week. The right time to test is when you feel confident and prepared in all content areas—no matter how long it takes!
 
Read more fun was to study at Fun Ways to Prep for the GED.

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About Beth Gonzales

Beth is an educator and freelance creative designer who devises innovative and fun-loving solutions for clients. She works with families, students, teachers and small businesses to create and implement programs, campaigns and experiences that help support and maximize efforts to grow communities who critically think, engage and continue to learn.


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