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How to Get Your GED

Dropping out of high school doesn’t have to mean the end of your educational career. You can earn a General Education Development diploma, also known as a GED.


  • Step 1: Understand the test Know that the GED is five tests: writing, reading, social studies, math, and science
  • Step 2: Determine your level Determine your skill level in each of the subject areas by taking practice tests.
  • TIP: Find sample practice tests online, or contact a community provider of GED classes.
  • Step 3: Study Study for the GED subject areas where you received the lowest score.
  • TIP: You can study on your own without going to class, but you'll need discipline.
  • Step 4: Schedule an exam Schedule an exam by going through a program or contacting your state GED examiner.
  • TIP: GED testing centers will provide special accommodations if you have a documented learning disability.
  • Step 5: Celebrate Celebrate your accomplishment when you have earned the GED.
  • FACT: Did you know? The GED was created in 1942 to allow World War II veterans to get a credential that would allow them to go on to college.

You Will Need

  • Practice tests
  • A GED class provider
  • study skills
  • Perseverance
  • Internet access (optional)
  • Sample tests (optional)
  • Discipline (optional)
  • Special accomodations (optional)

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