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Interpreting GED Test Scores

After all that studying and preparing for the GED, when the scores come you will find that you have to figure out how to read and interpret your scores.

The first thing to understand is how the test is organized and broken down. The test is made up of a sequence of five tests and are broken down into the following subject areas; math, reading and writing, social studies and science. Each test is made up of multiple choice questions and the second part of the writing test requires an original essay to be written.

Most areas use the rules of scoring which were put in place by the American Council on Education. After taking the GED, you will have a standard score. This score can be between 200 and 800. Sixty percent is required to pass, which means that you’ll need a standard score of no less than 410 on each of the five tests.

In addition to this, an average score of at least 450 must be earned overall. To explain, each individual test cannot be lower than 410. However, if a score of 450 is not earned on each test, another of the test sections can bring the overall average up to at least 450.

The essay is scored in a different manner. The two page essay, written by the examinee, will count for forty percent of the writing test score. The essay must be written on topic of the prompt. It is scored in organization, idea development, effectiveness and the focus of the essay based upon the writing prompt.

10 Study Tips To GED Success

The GED test is challenging, but not impossible. In fact, if you follow a few simple tips when taking the GED, you will greatly lower your stress level and make it much easier to concentrate on the questions. Millions of people have taken the GED, and the following list of suggestions is based on feedback from many of them. Don’t feel as though you have to follow each one to the letter, but do make an effort at using the ones that work for you.

1. Get stress under control. Whether that means doing deep breathing exercises or yoga for a few minutes every day, or just meditating briefly before or after each study session, research has proven that regular mini-relaxation sessions go a long way toward taking the edge off of test day.

2. Don’t hesitate to take the exam again. In fact, if you allow your brain to envision a second exam attempt, the first one will not be such a huge demand on your nervous system.

3. Build a couple recreation days into your study calendar, days when you do not look at the material at all. Go to a movie, to the beach, or take a long walk. The brain needs these short vacations to recover from the heavy demands it is facing.

4. Don’t be afraid to memorize certain pieces of information. No need to go overboard, but certain kinds of exam material lend themselves to memorization. And again, the human brain likes diversity. A bit of memorization here and there breaks up the study routine and allows your mind to breathe.

5. Create or join a study group. It’s free and is maybe the most important of all these suggestions. The power of people helping other people cannot be underestimated.

6. Get acquainted with the exam format. Even before taking a practice test, just sit down and spend some time looking at the way the whole thing is set up.

7. Take a few practice tests, not timing yourself at first. Later, do a couple timed dry runs. This will certainly remove a lot of stress from test day.

8. Find a GED prep class and sign up, such as the Test Preparation Program available online at FranklingVirtualSchools.com. These prep programs can be done at your convenience, from your own home, and can greatly increase your chances of passing the first time.

9. Get some books that are designed to help you prepare for the exam.

10. There are lots of online resources for GED prep, so be sure to check the Internet for all the free materials, advice, and tips as well as for several programs that cost little and greatly help you prepare.

Adult High School Diploma vs. a GED

In your adult years, the decision to seek a high school diploma or a GED is truly determined by your real-life circumstances and goals rather than which of the two is better. Short of you wanting to attend Boston College or Johns Hopkins University, both of these achievements should serve you well.  The real question is, Can you find a program that offers structure, individual support and value with unlimited and convenient accessibility from start to finish?  When you have moved on to start a family, join the workforce or recognize that you need a different model to ensure you don’t fall into a familiar rut with a can I really do this mentality, it is not an option to go back to a traditional high school program.

To achieve success, you will need a flexible program that can help you balance immediate life needs (like a job or kids) with goal achievement activities such as studying or testing to receive your high school diploma or GED.  In a day and age where we are tethered to the world via the World Wide Web, it would seem like a natural fit if an educational program could be completed partially, if not 100%, online!  The internet is the frontier of efficiency and opportunity.  It is a practical way to research, investigate, select and complete a high school diploma program.  Similar aspects apply to completing the GED requirements as well.  Although you cannot physically complete a GED test online, you can leverage the internet to locate study or practice materials, such as http://www.testprep247.com.   Also keep in mind that program costs need to be simple and straightforward.  Online programs can often cost more than you planned because you need longer than they want you to take!  Likewise, the cost of taking a GED test is clear but the additional costs for study materials or classes, test re-takes and transportation these days are a real consideration!

If you do some research online you will find many (both good and unfortunately bad) programs available. Initially many programs may seem to meet your needs based on your specific circumstances (accessible 24/7, 100% online, affordable with study/prep, support, testing, re-testing, and document services included in the program cost).  However, ensure you follow through on the investigation stage of your effort.  When you find online high school programs you like, communicate with and research each online high school vigorously.  Talk to friends, family, school representatives (online and on the phone), your employer or higher education program to see if this school program can truly help you meet your goals.  Again, it is not whether a high school diploma is better than a GED.  It is about confidently knowing that the program you select will support you as you strive to achieve your goal.  Good luck in reaching your goals and please consider Franklin Virtual High School in your decision making process.  We would be proud to serve you as a graduate of the FVHS Adult Diploma program!