You don’t have to spend a fortune to prepare for the GED exam. There are plenty of free GED resources available to help you get ready for test day. As with most anything on the internet, you have to be discerning. There are many high-quality resources to be found, but there is also a lot of junk out there. I’m here to help you sift through the options and give you a list of some great places to look for free GED help.
Free GED Practice Tests and Questions
1. Official GED Practice Tests from the GED Testing Service
The GED Testing Service offers two different types of practice tests. The first one is totally free and the second one is free for a lot of people and low-cost for others.
Let’s start with the totally free one. Visit the GED Free Practice Test page, where you will find shortened versions of each of the four subject tests. Each of these is designed to be a quarter of the length of the real exam, cover some of the major skills and content of the test, and show the different question formats that you will see on the real exam. These are available in English or in Spanish. You can take the tests online, right in your browser, or you can download them to do at your convenience. At the end of the test, you will be given the answers, but not a score.
The other official option is the GED Ready Official Practice Test. This is a longer, more thorough option. It is half the length of the real GED. It provides you with a score, detailed feedback, and a study plan based on your performance. It will also let you know whether or not you are “GED ready”—whether or not you are likely to pass the real thing based on how you did on the practice test. It’s a computerized exam that you can take at home, at your convenience.
The GED Ready test is not technically free. It costs $24.00 in the GED Marketplace for all four subjects (or $6.00 a piece if you buy them separately). If you’re enrolled in a local GED class, however, you can get a voucher for a free GED Ready exam. Just ask your teacher or adult education center. Even if you’re not enrolled in a class, some local adult education centers offer free GED practice test vouchers if you come in. GED Testing Service also sometimes runs promotions where you can get a free or discounted GED Ready practice test if you register for the real test. Check their promos page to see if there’s one happening now.
2. Other Free GED Practice Tests and Questions
GED prep books from major publishers often have practice tests in the back of the book. They also have tons of practice questions throughout the review guide. If you want to know which books are recommended by the GED Testing Service, check out this list of publishers that have been certified as GED-aligned.
But wait… isn’t this supposed to be about free GED resources?
Yes! You can often get these books for free! Stop by your local library. Most libraries carry test prep books. Just make sure you get one that was published in 2014 or later to make sure you’re getting information on the latest version of the GED.
We also have lots of practice questions here on the Magoosh GED blog, and even more will be added in the coming weeks!
Free GED Content Review
If you’re looking for more free GED review material to help you prepare, here are some great places to look:
Khan Academy: Khan Academy is an excellent, totally free resource for tutorials and video lessons in every subject. They don’t have a specific “GED” course, but they have resources to cover the entire high school curriculum that’s tested on the GED. Just look up courses for the specific area you need to review, such as “Algebra” or “U.S. History.”
Quizet: Quizlet is a way to make and use free flash cards. You can do it on a regular browser, or download a mobile app. You can use the tool to make your own flashcards, or you can search for already-created GED flashcard sets to study from.
And, of course, our Magoosh GED blog, where you can find content review and practice materials. Check back often for new resources!