A short time ago, I wrote a post titled “6 Free Resources for the GRE“. In that post, I explained six free methods by which a student can prepare for the Graduate Record Examination without spending any money! One of the commenters on that post asked if I would write another post listing free resources for the GED. Although the General Educational Development (GED) test is not taken in college, students without high school diplomas must take the GED before entering college. Because it can be necessary, preparing for the GED is often an expensive endeavor. However, with a little work, one can find many free study aids that will help you get started in your preparation for the GED. Today, I present six free, online resources to help you prepare for the GED.
- Test Prep Review -One of the best test prep sites that I have found online is called Test Prep Review. On their site, they have practice questions for many tests including the SAT, the GRE, and the GED. Their practice questions cover a wide range of topics tested in the GED. This site has a two-pronged approach to test prep. First, using their practice questions, you assess your knowledge and locate you weak areas. Once that is done, you visit their self-improvement area, and study using their recommended resources. This study technique not only helps you know what topics to study, but it also shows websites where you can study those topics for free!
- Official Practice Questions – The GED’s creator, the American Council on Education, has designed a section of free practice questions for the test. These questions cover topics ranging from language arts/writing to social studies to mathematics. Although their website is slightly hard to use, these practice questions are worth answering, and, as far as I can tell, they are the only “official” questions one can find online.
- The Steck-Vaugh Practice Test – This is probably the best free practice test online. On this website they provide practice quizzes on many parts of the GED. In all, they have 220 practice questions to help you prepare for the GED. My favorite part of this site is the format. Unlike many test prep sites, this one is actually well-designed. I do not see any advertisements, they use clean graphics, and, when you take your test, it automatically calculates your grade. The results page shows you the questions, your answers, and the correct answers side-by-side. This is an excellent study aid for the GED!
- GED Academy’s Free Practice Test – This is an evaluation test. After answering the fifteen questions in the test, you are told, based on your answers, what sections of the test need your attention most. This is a great test to take when you first start studying so that you know what areas to concentrate on most.
- Test Prep Practice’s Free Practice Questions – This is an excellent resource for practice questions. With about 15 questions per quiz, the 10 quizzes provided on this site have a grand total of 150 sample GED questions! Half of the quizzes cover reading comprehension while the other half are on math problem solving. The layout of this site is very user-friendly, and, at the end of each quiz, they tell you how many questions you got right, how many wrong, the average time per question, and a detailed analysis of each individual problem.
- 4Tests.com Practice Test – This site presents a thorough practice test for the GED. With a total of 125 questions, this test is well worth taking. The topics covered include reading, writing, math, social studies, and science. As I have said before, one of the best ways to prepare for a test is by answering practice problems. The more you answer the higher you will (probably) score. Before you visit this site , however, beware that it does have annoying ads and pop-ups. If you are using a Firefox web browser, you can install Adblocker Plus to stop their ads, and, if you are using Internet Explorer, you can install Firefox and Adblocker Plus. As you most likely can tell, I am a devoted Firefox fan. 🙂
Hopefully with these online study resources on hand, you will be able to study for and pass the GED with minimum cost.
If you have already taken the GED, what study aids do you recommend?
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