There are hundreds of different ways to study for the GED: flashcards, course reviews, online lessons, adult education classes, etc. But one of the most valuable resources available to every test-taker is the practice test. Practice tests allow (GED) General Education Development candidates to get valuable experience with the test format, types of questions, and time constraints. The more you know about the test before taking it, the better prepared you will be on the big day. If you are preparing for the GED, you should be taking practice tests. Here’s why:
- Test Format
The most valuable insight that practice tests provide is about the GED test format. Choose a practice test that is approved by the official GED Testing Service and you will be taking a test that has questions pulled from previous tests. You will better understand the way questions are framed, the types of possible answers provided, and your preferred methods for progressing through all of the test material.
- Time Constraints
Understanding how much time you need for each type of question is an important consideration for the day of the test. From the comfort of home, test-takers often forget that they will not have all the time they want on the day of the test. In many cases, time management is one of the most important skills to use on the GED. Practice tests allow you to understand how long you need for each question, but more importantly, they show you how long you can actually spend solving problems and finding answers.
- Mental Fatigue
While studying, we take breaks when we get tired. But this is not an option on the day of the official test. Test-takers must be prepared to sit and focus for many hours on end if they expect to make it to the end of the test. Mental fatigue can significantly alter your score, so use practice tests to build your endurance and practice maintaining your concentration.
- Strengths and Weaknesses
With the results of your practice tests, you will better recognize which areas you need to improve for the day of the GED. Because there are four or five different subjects on the test, you will have some clear strengths and weaknesses regarding the subjects. Even within the subjects, there are different types of questions. Better understanding where your knowledge is lacking will make you a much better studier.