Test-Taking Strategies: GED Test Prep
It is time to review techniques that will help you perform well on the GED. This article covers several key strategies for taking standardized tests like the GED. You will learn how to prevent and treat test anxiety, how to approach multiple-choice questions, and how to keep yourself healthy for the exams.
Knowing the material you will be tested on improves your chances of succeeding. But it doesn't guarantee that you will do your best on the test. That's because the GED doesn't just test your knowledge of science, math, social studies, reading, and writing in the English language. Like all standardized tests, it also measures your test-taking skills.
Learn about the Exams
One sure way to increase your chances of test success is to find out as much as you can about the exams. If you don't know what to expect, you won't know how to study. It is likely that you will be extra anxious about the exams, too. The more you know about the exams you are going to take, the better you can prepare—and the more relaxed you will be on test day.
You already know that the GED has five separate exams: Math; Science; Social Studies; Language Arts,Writing; and Language Arts, Reading. You know that most of the questions are multiple choice and that you'll have to write an essay. You know how much time you have to complete each section. But until you look at actual sample questions, you still don't really know what to expect. For example, on the Language Arts, Reading Exam, what kind of passages will you read? What kind of questions will you be asked about those passages?
Getting sample tests and working with skill builders like this book can help you in many ways. You will get used to the kind of questions you will be asked and the level of difficulty of those questions. You will also become familiar with the format and comfortable with the length of the exam.
Handling Test Stress
Test anxiety is like the common cold. Most people suffer from it periodically. It won't kill you, but it can make your life miserable for several days.
Like a cold, test anxiety can be mild or severe. You may just feel an underlying nervousness about the upcoming exam, or you may be nearly paralyzed with worry, especially if there's a lot riding on the exams. Whatever the case, if you have test anxiety, you need to deal with it. Fortunately, there are many strategies to help prevent and treat test anxiety.
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