One of the best ways to prepare for the GED test is to take a practice test. Using your score on the practice test, you can determine which subjects you need to cover more thoroughly and which subjects you have already mastered. The GED Testing Service highly recommends practice tests as the most effective way to prepare for the actual test. But there are so many different types of practice tests, it can be overwhelming trying to find the right one for your needs. Especially with so many bad tests out there, you might actually waste your time on a test that won’t help you at all. Here is a breakdown of the different types of GED practice tests and which of them will help you the most for your GED.
Free Online Practice Test from GED
The GED Testing Service offers a free, online practice test for any interested test-takers on their main website. This free practice test will provide you with questions written by the same people who wrote the official GED test. This is an extremely useful tool for getting a feel for the test format and the types of questions you’ll be asked, but it does have some limitations. The free practice test is much shorter than other practice tests and does not give as much of a comprehensive review of the official test material. This is a good place to start, but you should not rely on the free online tests for all your needs.
GED Ready Test from GED
Starting in 2014, the GED Testing Service switched its format to offer a computer format as the primary form of test. With this change, there have been some other formatting changes. The GED Ready practice test from offered by the GED Testing Service is the newest form of practice test available. Tests can be purchased online for between $6 and $8 depending on the type of test you want. These are much more comprehensive and are the most up-to-date practice tests available.
Subject Tests from 2002 Series GED
Before the GED Ready practice test, there were other official practice test formats offered from the GED Testing Service. The 2002-series practice tests are very similar to the GED Ready, but may be more easily obtained for free through public services like public libraries or adult education classes. These tests can be bought for each subject or for an entire battery of subjects.
Online Tests from Third Parties
There are a ton of free online practice tests offered by third parties unaffiliated with the GED. These services are useful to an extent, but there are very few guarantees that the practice tests are in any way related to the actual content of the official GED tests. They may be useful to cover a wider range of material, but it is possible that they will not provide adequate scope or complexity of problems for practice. Do not rely on these tests exclusively. They can be good supplements but should not replace official resources.