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Studying for the GED takes a greater level of committment than those equivalent high school students who are preparing to graduate this year. Why? Because for many having to study for a GED has a stigma associated with it. Perhaps it is that you've failed in a traditional high school setting or perhaps you had to quit school for a legimate reason, like helping out a loved one through an illness, and yet you still have the feeling that somehow you have failed.

For many, the feeling is that a traditional high school ranks above a GED. The fact is, however, that in the eyes of business and post-secondary institutions, they are equivalent. While you may not have a cap & gown ceremony when you receive a GED, you nonetheless have had to put forth effort in order to receive a GED.

There are a few things I would like to mention for those who are planning to take the GED,

1. There are numerous resources on line, so avail yourself of the many test guides, sample tests and related materials.
2. Since there is a lot of reading on the exam, it would be helpful to start reading on a regular basis. (Give the Ipad or PS2 a break!)
3. When reading for information it is important to keep in mind - QAR stands for "Question-Answer-Relationships" and is a strategy that helps studetns learn to answer reading comprehension questions. The three types of questions are Right There” questions are textually explicit; the answer is found directly in the material.
“Think and Search” questions are textually implicit; the reader must interpret the material to find the answer.
“On My Own” questions are also textually implicit, but the reader must interact with the text by combining prior knowledge with what is in the text.
4. Review your basic math skills, addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, estimation, percentage, area, perimeter, decimals, fractions, etc.
There are a number of online sites which offer help when you need to review math skills.
5. You should become familiar with the basic operations of a calculator. This will both help you come up with the answer quicker but it will also provide you with the confidence that comes from being able to double check your answers.
6. Finally you need to be able to read and analyze word problems. It is often valuable to read the question two or three times. Write out what is being asked for in the answer - this takes some practice and it is something that some tutors assume that the student already understands. Make sure you ask questions of your tutor if you are uncertain how to proceed.

These are just a few thought on the subject of GED testing. I hope you find this beneficial.