tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-176910052016-09-10T10:09:38.906-05:00GED SourceSelf Help information for the GED Math, GEDWriting, GED Reading, GED Social Studies, GED Science tests. Includes information on the GED tests and includes links to free GED resources.Learningtrends/GEDSourcehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08644052926157330873noreply@blogger.comBlogger57125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-17691005.post-46564104206686941772014-10-03T15:20:00.003-05:002014-10-03T15:20:53.019-05:00Keyboarding Skills for the New GEDThose taking the new GED tests will need to have adequate keyboarding skills. From what I have heard, a GED student will need to be able to type 25 - 30 words per minute to have a better chance of success. While that doesn't sound like a lot.... for an adult who has had little typing experience, it can be a road block to getting the GED credential.<br /><br />As a basic skills and GED instructor, I have found that the sooner you get these adults typing the better. There are many sites on the internet, but I like the following two the best. And the best part is that they are both free!<br /><br /><a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z3c6tfr" target="_blank">Dance Mat Typing</a> <a href="https://www.blogger.com/(http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z3c6tfr">(http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z3c6tfr</a>)<br /><br /><a href="http://www.typingclub.com/" target="_blank">Typing Club</a> (<a href="http://typingclub.com/">http://typingclub.com</a>)<br /><br />Check them out and let us all know what you think!Learningtrends/GEDSourcehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08644052926157330873noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-17691005.post-768964308811321492014-10-03T08:44:00.000-05:002014-10-03T15:05:04.006-05:00GED Math Worksheets for GED Math HelpIf you are looking for good worksheets to help you or your students learn/teach/review basic math, or help you learn GED math help, check out the following GED math learning help website, <a href="http://www.worksheetsdirect.com/">www.worksheetsdirect.com</a> You can download free math resources!<br /><br /><a href="http://www.worksheetsdirect.com/"><img alt="" class="size-full wp-image-1943" src="http://worksheetsdirect.com/members/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/multiplying_proper_fractions.png" height="392" title="multiplying proper fractions" width="302" /> GED math worksheets</a>Learningtrends/GEDSourcehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08644052926157330873noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-17691005.post-74252285323418973882014-05-05T15:55:00.000-05:002014-05-05T16:06:33.072-05:00Free GED Math ResourcesWhether you are teaching GED math or you are a learner studying GED math to take the GED math test, it is important that you study for the GED math test.<br /><br />The <a href="http://www.gedtestingservice.com/" target="_blank">GED Testing Service</a> has wonderful resources for the math test. It offers a <a href="http://www.gedtestingservice.com/educators/freepracticetest" target="_blank">free GED math practice test</a> which will give you an idea of what the "official" test will be like. It also offers other GED math resources such as information on the calculator and the GED formula sheet.<br /><br /><a href="http://learningtrends.com/">Learningtrends.com</a> offers information as well as free downloadable GED math worksheets. If you look carefully there are also worksheets for science vocabulary.<br /><br /><a href="http://worksheetsdirect.com/">Worksheetsdirect.com</a> is a member site (currently free) that offers 100's of free math worksheets, including a free fraction course. And, although it is a member site, most of the math worksheets are available with out a membership.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.khanacademy.org/" target="_blank">Kahn Academy</a> is a free educational resource for students, parents, and teachers. Resources include math videos and online math practice.<br /><br /><br />Hope these resources help you as you prepare for the GED.<br /><br />Learningtrends/GEDSourcehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08644052926157330873noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-17691005.post-72527614481720310922014-04-11T09:04:00.000-05:002014-04-11T09:21:54.438-05:00Using the GED Calculator TI-30XSThe GED Testing Service has determined that the best calculator for the new GED 2014 test is the TI-30XS. Use of this calculator will be on the GED Math test as well as the GED Science test.<br /><br />The GED testing service has several videos on using this calculator. The <a href="http://www.gedtestingservice.com/testers/calculator" target="_blank">calculator videos</a> can be located on the GED Testing Service website. <br /><br />I have also found some great U-Tube videos on this calculator.... specific to the GED test. Check out the following:<br /><br /><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><a href="http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=utube+video+calculator+ti+3o+xs&FORM=VIRE2#view=detail&mid=E72362B6D11F0A3BC07DE72362B6D11F0A3BC07D" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Part 1-Introduction & Fractions &Integers& Percents</strong></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong> </strong></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><a href="http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=utube+video+calculator+ti+3o+xs&FORM=VIRE8#view=detail&mid=29111768DF8E37858BBD29111768DF8E37858BBD" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Part2- Mixed Numbers<o:p></o:p></strong></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong> </strong></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><a href="http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=uHow+to+use+the+TI-30XS+%28part+3%29&FORM=VIRE2#view=detail&mid=1FF753CE9D78B360F9D91FF753CE9D78B360F9D9" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Part 3- Integers & Exponents</strong></span></a><span style="line-height: 115%;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong> </strong></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><a href="http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=utube+video+calculator+ti+3o+xs&FORM=VIRE10#view=detail&mid=97D2A583A6466774CEA897D2A583A6466774CEA8" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Part 4- Order of Operations & Percentages</strong></span></a><span style="line-height: 115%;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong> </strong></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><a href="http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=utube+video+calculator+ti+3o+xs&FORM=VIRE14#view=detail&mid=0098EE1621ACFF35955E0098EE1621ACFF35955E" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Part 5- Percent Problems<o:p></o:p></strong></span></a></div>Learningtrends/GEDSourcehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08644052926157330873noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-17691005.post-27025144610830206732014-01-20T08:13:00.002-06:002014-01-20T08:13:52.593-06:00GED Anxiety<span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: large;">It is not unusual for a GED student to have a bit of anxiety. For many students, their past educational experience had not been a positive one. </span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: large;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: large;">Many remember a time when all they experienced was negativity from teachers and "F's". To put themselves in the forefront, go to school/learning center, and take a test/s..... takes a lot of courage and self determination! </span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: large;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: large;">Remember to continually praise your students and encourage them throughout the GED testing process. Getting positive reinforcement goes along way.... and everyone needs and craves it.... regardless of age.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: large;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: large;">The GED Test has changed in January 2014 and they might have even more anxiety. It is a more rigorous and difficult test. It requires solid reading skills as well as computer skills.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: large;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: large;">If they (your students) are anxious.... start out simple and build on their current skills.</span>Learningtrends/GEDSourcehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08644052926157330873noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-17691005.post-35081621313287259432011-10-18T08:05:00.003-05:002011-10-18T08:07:03.797-05:00GED Essay SampleIf you are looking for a <a href="http://writingtrends.com/ged_writing_essay_sample.html">sample GED essay</a>, check out Writingtrends.com. The topic that was written on is.....<br /><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: green; font-weight: 700;">If you had a choice of donating money to an organization, to which organization would you donate and why?</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: green; font-weight: 700;"><span style="color: black;">It is a great example of a 5 paragraph essay. This <a href="http://writingtrends.com/ged_writing_essay_sample.html">GED essay sample </a>is simple and clear and a great example for a beginning GED writing student.</span></span></div>Learningtrends/GEDSourcehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08644052926157330873noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-17691005.post-1131143725650617892011-09-14T18:00:00.000-05:002011-09-18T07:26:31.773-05:00What's in the GED Math Test?<div align="left"><strong><span style="font-size: 130%;"><span style="color: red;">A Closer Look: GED Math</span></span></strong><br />Most students when they consult with me wonder what the GED Math test covers? And I always tell them the the following. <strong>The GED test, Mathematics, will test your ability to solve word problems using graphics, basic computation, analysis, and reasoning skills.</strong> I also give them the following list. The list looks overwhelming, but take it one piece at a time. Almost all the students I serve are great with whole numbers, but it is the fractions, percents, algebra, and geometry that need reviewing. </div><div align="left">If you are wondering if you should start with basic math foundational skills, or you are ready to go full blown into the GED math book, check out this great <a href="http://www.quia.com/quiz/678679.html">Pre-GED assessment</a>. If you receive a 70% or above- you are ready for GED math material, if it shows less than 70% you might want to consider a basic math skills book for now. Good luck!</div><div align="left">It is my professional opinion that regardless of how well you think your GED Math skills are, you should do some reviewing. Also, become comfortable with the calculator that will be allowed on the test. In addition, know how to fill out the special grid format of the test. This may be best done by contacting your local GED Learning Center. They should have the books, materials, and expertise to help you. Good luck!</div><div align="left"><span style="color: #cc0000; font-weight: bold;">The GED Math test will....</span></div>>>Will test your ability to apply your knowledge of math in mathematical problems.<br />>>Will test your ability to apply your knowledge of math in everyday situations.<br /><div align="left">>>Will test your ability to analyze mathematical drawings, diagrams, charts, and graphs.</div><div align="left">>>Number operations and number sense includes knowledge in the following: whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, ratios, and proportions.</div><div align="left">>>Measurement and data includes knowledge in the following: length, perimeter, circumference, area, volume, and time. It also includes knowledge of square roots, exponents, and scientific notation.</div><div align="left">>>Basic algebra includes knowledge in the following: variables, equations, algebraic symbols, coordinate grid, factoring, ordered pairs, and slope.</div><div align="left">>>Basic Geometry includes knowledge in the following: lines, angles, triangles, quadrilaterals, and Pythagorean Relationship. It also includes knowledge in finding perimeter, circumference, area, and volume. </div>Learningtrends/GEDSourcehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08644052926157330873noreply@blogger.com11tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-17691005.post-72039716990939379352011-01-01T15:57:00.001-06:002011-01-01T16:00:36.713-06:00GED Study BuddyIf you are struggling with your GED tests, I would recommend a GED study buddy. This could be someone who is also currently working on their GED or someone who has gone through the process. It could also be a trusted friend or a parent. The key is to find someone who you know, like, and trust and study with them. <span class="blsp-spelling-corrected" id="SPELLING_ERROR_0">Develop</span> a schedule of study and stick to it. Good luck!Learningtrends/GEDSourcehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08644052926157330873noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-17691005.post-60319804795766946472010-06-06T19:33:00.001-05:002010-06-06T19:36:04.030-05:00GED Math Tip: Understand Your Math Skills<strong><span style="color:#cc0000;">GED Math Tip #2: Understand Your Math Skills</span></strong><br /><strong><span style="color:#cc0000;"></span></strong><br />Now that you know a little about the GED math test, it is time to focus on YOU. How do you feel about math? When you think about having to solve a fraction, decimal, or percent problem.... do you have a feeling of intense frustration or helplessness? Do you feel confident or terrified?<br />Part of your frustration may come from not knowing what your math skills are. <span class="blsp-spelling-error" id="SPELLING_ERROR_0">Learningtrends</span> has a <a href="http://www.quia.com/quiz/678679.html">free <span class="blsp-spelling-error" id="SPELLING_ERROR_1">pre</span>-<span class="blsp-spelling-error" id="SPELLING_ERROR_2">ged</span> math assessment </a>to help you determine what you know and also what you don't. Taking this assessment will NOT determine all that you need to study, but it will be a start. <a href="http://www.quia.com/quiz/678679.html">Click here to take now.</a><br /><br />Math Anxiety: A feeling of intense frustration or helplessness about one's ability to do math. It is an emotional reaction to math based on past unpleasant math experiences. To help overcome math anxiety, you must have good learning experiences in math.<br /><br />If you feel anxious about math, you may want to consider learning (or reviewing) it in what I call "slivers". Learn a little at a time with continuous review. Start with what you already know and build on that knowledge.<br /><br />Find a good math book that starts with whole numbers and number sense.<br /><br />Determine if you know your basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. Click here to access <a href="http://learningtrends.com/quia_activities.htm">learning <span class="blsp-spelling-error" id="SPELLING_ERROR_3">Quia</span> math facts activities</a>.<br /><br />If you find that you need review in basic math facts, check out <span class="blsp-spelling-error" id="SPELLING_ERROR_4">Learningtrends</span> <a href="http://learningtrends.com/basic_facts_flash_cards.htm">free math flashcards </a>to help.<br /><br />Leave a comment or just give a Thumbs Up or Thumbs down.Learningtrends/GEDSourcehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08644052926157330873noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-17691005.post-51000930269574971872010-04-19T14:08:00.005-05:002010-04-19T14:17:24.965-05:006 Commonly Requested Classroom Accommodations for Dyslexia<ol><li>Oral testing</li><li><span class="blsp-spelling-error" id="SPELLING_ERROR_0">Untimed</span> tests</li><li>Grade on content, not spelling or handwriting</li><li>Reduction on homework load</li><li>Allow dictated homework</li><li>Reduce spelling test</li></ol><br />With the proper <span class="blsp-spelling-corrected" id="SPELLING_ERROR_1">documentation</span>, a student seeking to take the GED tests may <span class="blsp-spelling-corrected" id="SPELLING_ERROR_2">receive</span> extra time, scribe, and use of the calculator on the whole math test. In addition, a GED candidate may be able to have the GED tests read orally to them.<br /><br />**Always be sure to check with your local GED Testing Center for the most up-to-date resources and information.Learningtrends/GEDSourcehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08644052926157330873noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-17691005.post-64753458787751019852009-11-24T21:22:00.004-06:002009-11-24T21:40:48.575-06:00GED and the Job!There is <span class="blsp-spelling-error" id="SPELLING_ERROR_0">a lot</span> of competition for jobs in this economy. Many jobs that did not necessarily require a GED or high school equivalency diploma now do. <br /><br />And what's happening is many of our adult learners who had a job and are now laid off have <span class="blsp-spelling-corrected" id="SPELLING_ERROR_1">difficult</span> landing one. Why? <span class="blsp-spelling-corrected" id="SPELLING_ERROR_2">Because</span> they do not have their high school diploma or GED.<br /><br />For some getting the GED is a quick process, while for others it will take a little longer. In most cases, it is the math, reading, and writing that needs to be refreshed.... and many times learned for the first time.<br /><br />How can you help? I have found that small group instruction works great! Just getting together as a group and having a "discussion" in whatever topic seems to help retention. And it is the student who returns again and again who will succeed.<br /><br /> I also think that having two different areas to study helps. Most of my <span class="blsp-spelling-corrected" id="SPELLING_ERROR_3">students</span> will stay to study at least 2 hours. Rather than spend the entire two hours on one subject, I split it in two. I also suggest to the student that they not only study via books but also via computer.Learningtrends/GEDSourcehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08644052926157330873noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-17691005.post-59214580630793618972009-06-23T19:41:00.003-05:002009-06-23T20:02:20.365-05:00Cramming for the GED TestIs it possible? Can a person cram the night before the GED Tests and successfully pass all five of them? I doubt it.<br /><br />First of all, you will not want to take all five of the GED tests at once... unless you are required to do so. Wisconsin lets GED Candidates take one test at a time, and that is what I recommend. Check out it before you sign up for the test/s.<br /><br />So.. can a person successfully cram and take one test? Depends on what that test is and how much background the person has in it. If a person has fairly good reading skills, they may be able to pass the GED Reading Test, GED Social Studies Test, and the GED Science Test. But I would highly recommend that the person take a "practice GED test" in each area prior to taking the "official"GED test. The practice test will be a pretty good indicator as to how a person will do on the "official" GED test.<br /><br /><br /><br />What about the math or writing test? Again, I would recommend a practice GED test. The GED Math and GED Writing test are the two tests that most students will need some help with.<br /><br />So... I would NOT recommend cramming for any of the GED tests. I do realize that a student will be anxious to finish ASAP, but as a teacher try to get them to slow down... at least a little bit so that they will have a greater chance of success. As a GED student, be patient with yourself and take your time so that you are successful when you do take the test/s.Learningtrends/GEDSourcehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08644052926157330873noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-17691005.post-1140195957073689662009-04-14T10:54:00.000-05:002009-04-14T19:48:11.349-05:00GED Tips: A Teacher’s Experience<b>GED Tips: A Teacher’s Experience</b><br /><b></b><br />I have been teaching basic skills and GED preparation for over 10 years. Over time there are many tips that I have passed to my students. Here are my top 25 GED tips. Note that they are not in any particular order.<br /><br /><b>Please feel free to comment on them and add any that you have found helpful.</b><br /><br />1. If you can, take one official GED test at a time. You will be less tired and will received a better score than if you try to take as many tests as possible in one session. If you decide to double up on GED tests, only double up on the Language Arts, Reading and one other.<br /><br />2. It is important to determine which GED areas you are weak in. Many study books will have pre assessment tests to help you determine what area/s of the book you should start with. This is especially important when you are studying math. Consider each piece of math as a building block. You need a solid foundation of basic math (whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percents) before you can successfully handle algebra, measurement and geometry.<br /><br />3. When considering GED study materials, there will be many choices. My suggestion would be either Pre-GED or GED materials depending on your reading ability. Pre-GED is appropriate for individuals who are below a 9th grade reading level. GED materials are appropriate for individuals above a 9th grade reading level.<br /><br />4. The only exception in study materials may be math where it is important to have a solid foundation of math skills. Most of the foundational skills require repetitive practice, and they include the following: Basic adding, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percents. There are many great basic math books available. However, whatever book/s you decide to prepare math with, it is important to still work through a GED math book. Top favorites of mine are <a href="http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7014584433&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMESE%3AIT&rd=1">Top 50 Math Skills for GED Success</a>, <a href="http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7011547457&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMESE%3AIT&rd=1">Number Power Review</a>, or <a href="http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7010826381&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMESE%3AIT&rd=1">GED Mathmatics</a>.<br /><br />5. It is important to prepare using the appropriate learning materials. This means materials that are appropriate with your current skills. If you have a reading level of at least 10th grade, you should not have any problems with the Language Arts, Reading, Science, or Social Studies tests. If your reading level is lower than 10th grade, consider purchasing Pre-GED study materials. A great pre-GED math book is <a href="http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7010830967&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMESE%3AIT&rd=1">Contemporary's Pre-GED Math</a>.<br /><br />6. Be sure to get plenty of sleep the night before the test.<br /><br />7. When taking the GED practice and official tests, answer those questions that you know right away first and go back to the others later. Do not spend an over amount of time on questions and passages that you do not understand. Rather, skim through and answer those you are sure about, then go back and finish those in question.<br /><br />8. If you find yourself out of time, but still have unanswered questions, do NOT leave the answers blank. Quickly fill in an answer; any answer- At least you will have a chance of picking the right one.<br /><br />9. When working with passages and questions, skim through the questions first. This will give you an idea of what you are reading for.<br /><br />10. Have a study plan and stick to it.<br /><br />11. Reward yourself! When completing a GED test, treat yourself to a good movie or a great night out! You deserve it.<br /><br />12. If you are easily distracted by noise, check with the official GED Testing Center in your state to see if you can use earplugs.<br /><br />13. Use ALL resources available to you. Call your local GED testing center. If you have a local GED Learning Center, use it! They will be able to answer questions that are specific to your locale. In addition, you may receive one on one instruction or tutoring.<br /><br />14. Make it your responsibility to keep track of your GED scores. Know what you have taken and what you received as a score. Request a certified copy of your test scores.<br /><br />15. If you move, your score will follow. Most GED Centers will require a certified copy of your current scores. In addition, they will want to know what materials you have been working in and any other assessments you may have taken.<br /><br />16. Many states will require a formal GED Orientation Session prior to testing. In addition, some may require classes or have other requirements. It is important that you contact them to see what requirements are specific to your area.<br /><br />17. Take ownership of your GED education. It is YOUR responsibility to learn all you can about your states GED requirements. It is your responsibility to study and prepare for the GED tests. It is your responsibly to seek help when needed, and it is your responsibility to make getting a GED a priority in your life. You can do it!<br /><br />18. Getting your GED is a starting point in your life. It is a stepping-stone to greater things. Start thinking about what you will do once you have accomplished this goal. Will you take additional classes at the local community college? Will you be able to get a job or upgrade your current job situation?<br /><br /><br />19. Read, read, and read some more. All the GED tests involve reading. Unless you can read and comprehend what you read, you will have difficulty with the tests. Read every day whether it is the local newspaper, a book, or your email. Grab a book and read to your child.<br /><br />20. Write, write, and write some more. Most people do not have to write daily, and therefore many do not feel confident in writing a 200+ word essay without practice. Keep a journal and write in it each and every day. Get an email account and use it. Write a letter to your friend or to the local newspaper. The more you write, the easier it becomes.<br /><br />21. Add, subtract, multiply, and divide. To be successful at the GED math test, you need a solid foundation of math skills. They include, but are not limited to, the following: whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percents. Get those skills down and studying for the GED test becomes easier. Some great math study packets include<a href="http://draft.blogger.com/goog_1239756385526"> </a>Solving Word Problems, Fractions, Algebra, and Measurement and Geometry.<br /><br />22. GED scores move with you. You can start testing in one state and complete the GED process in another; however, check with your local official testing center to determine the exact requirements for your location.<br /><br />23. Consider a study buddy. Find someone who you know, like, and trust and study with them. It may be another individual who is working on their GED, or someone who is taking other classes.<br /><br />24. Know the formulas for the math test. The formulas are found in the front part of many GED math books. They are also included in this guide.<br /><br />25. Take Practice GED Tests prior to taking an Official GED Test. The practice tests will give you a sense of time (GED tests are timed), and they will give you an idea of what the tests will be like. Currently, only ½ length tests are available. The practice tests will also be a good indicator of the score you may receive. If you score 500+, you should do well on the official test in that area. There are many GED practice tests available, but I recommend Steck Vaughn’s forms PA, PB, PC, PD, PE or PF. If you take at least two of Steck Vaughn’s practice tests and receive a score of 500+ on both, it is time to sign up for the official test. Call your local GED testing Center.Learningtrends/GEDSourcehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08644052926157330873noreply@blogger.com14tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-17691005.post-35597535583791187452008-10-06T18:50:00.000-05:002008-10-06T19:01:56.750-05:00GED Multiple Choice QuestionsWhether you are a GED student or someone who is mentoring/tutoring a GED student you should know that many of the GED problems are <span class="blsp-spelling-corrected" id="SPELLING_ERROR_0">multiple</span> choice. <br /><br />While it may seen that there are so.... many choices when choosing the answer, it will be much easier if you learn how to rule out answers that are weak.<br /><br />Remember..... when you answer multiple choice questions..... begin by ruling out any answers that are weak or simply do not make sense.<br /><br />First, begin by reading the questions and THEN skim over the answers. If you are studying reading, science, or social studies..... read the passages and look at the charts/graphs. Next, rule out any answers that are weak and do not address the question. You should be able to eliminate the answers down to a possible two. Then evaluate the two remaining answers. If necessary, go back into the passage again.<br /><br />For some students this may go fast.... for others it will require practice.<br /><br />So....find a good GED book and grab a great GED teacher and do your best!<br /><br />Good luck and let me know how it goes!Learningtrends/GEDSourcehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08644052926157330873noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-17691005.post-57159828088143540252008-09-29T18:56:00.000-05:002008-09-29T19:06:44.174-05:00Learning New GED VocabularyI just got back from a GED meeting where we were discussing ways to learn new vocabulary. We talked about one way.... were you ask a series of questions about the word. Here is how it works.<br /><br />Let's say you are studying the word "percent". You may ask questions such as the following.<br /><br />1. Have you ever seen this word?<br />2. Do you know how to pronounce the word?<br />3. Can you find a smaller word inside the larger word?<br />4. Do you know what it means?<br />5. Can you use it in a sentence?<br /><br />All of a sudden you now have a whole conversation based on one word. I plan on trying this tomorrow and I will let you know how it goes.<br /><br />If you decide to try it.......... send me a comment and tell me how it went! Good luck!Learningtrends/GEDSourcehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08644052926157330873noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-17691005.post-3486372605801118672008-09-22T10:58:00.003-05:002008-09-28T09:24:59.081-05:00GED Social StudiesRecently a reader asked me about preparing for the GED Social Studies test. What is the best way and what can a teacher do to <span class="blsp-spelling-corrected" id="SPELLING_ERROR_0">adequately</span> prepare for the GED Social Studies test?<br /><br />First, it is important to remember that each student is unique and comes with their own background experiences. Each student will need to prepare in their own way and in their own time.<br /><br />You also need to consider reading ability.<br /><br />Find some great GED books, daily read the newspaper and have discussions, and surf the web to find GED Social Studies websites.<br /><br />What is your favorite website? Send me a comment and I will post it here. If we help each other out..... we all win!Learningtrends/GEDSourcehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08644052926157330873noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-17691005.post-10545788801884798732008-05-14T22:24:00.002-05:002008-05-14T22:28:05.205-05:00Usborne Math Dictionary: Your GED Math Reference BookDid you know..... is, is equal to, equals, the same MEANS = of, the product, times, multiple, multiplied by MEANS x or ∙ add, more than, plus, sum, increased by, added to, more MEANS + subtract, less than, minus, difference, decreased by, less MEANS - divide, divided by, the quotient MEANS ÷ double, twice, twice as much MEANS 2x or 2 ∙ half, half of, half as much MEANS ½ x or ½ ∙<br /><br />The GED math test is perhaps the hardest GED test to pass!! I have had success with some students who have used Usborne's Math Dictionary as a reference.<br /><br />Check it out!<br /><br />A great math dictionary to use for preparing for the GED test is <a href="http://www.ubah.com/ecommerce/details.asp?sid=V1925&title=Illustrated+Dictionary+of+Math+%2D+IR&sqlwhere=submit%3Dsearch%26search%3Dmath%2Bdictionary">Usborne Illustrated Math Dictionary</a>. It is a great bargain and less than $15.Learningtrends/GEDSourcehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08644052926157330873noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-17691005.post-52285470322725393592008-04-26T08:15:00.004-05:002008-04-26T09:18:33.843-05:00GED Math test: I've taken it twice and failed!"What do I do? I just can't pass that GED math test! I have taken it twice and failed!" I hear this so often.<br /><br />If you follow my blog, you know then that I have talked about this before. In my experience, the GED math test IS the HARDEST test for many GED candidates to pass.<br /><br />A friend of mine recently used the following comparison. Many students address their math weakness like a person who wants to loose weight. <br /><br />As a person who is overweight myself... I would pay almost anything for a "pill" to magically take my excess pounds off. What I need to do is put in the hard work, exercise, and eat less!<br /><br />Some students who struggle with math also want that quick fix. They do not want to put in the time, start at the beginning, and build on what they know.<br /><br /><br />If you are a math student who is struggling, or you are a tutor helping someone learn math..... be patient, keep working, and have your eye on the goal!Learningtrends/GEDSourcehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08644052926157330873noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-17691005.post-31619756969742166942008-04-07T18:34:00.002-05:002008-04-07T19:19:40.216-05:00GED math student updateOne last test.... one last score....another GED issued! How exciting! After 10 years of trying and just not quite getting enough points, this student is now complete! Needing to make up 20 points he retook his science test and made up 20 points plus!! <br /><br />Congraduations to each of you who continue to pursue your dreamwhether it is a GED or a Bachlor's degree.<br /><br />Pursue your dream no matter how long it takes.Learningtrends/GEDSourcehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08644052926157330873noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-17691005.post-26158205175328384662008-03-24T17:55:00.002-05:002008-03-24T18:00:50.740-05:00GED "Blues"Are you as tired as I am with Winter? It is that time of year when we think of flowers, sun, and patio parties. Not here in the upper mid-west. Winter is never ending!<br /><br />As a GED teacher, I see the GED 'blues" or depression setting in on some of the students I work with. They are not always showing up, and when they do.... they are not necessary ready to WORK.<br /><br />Just keep encouraging your students! Let them know that winter is just about over and that it is normal to get the winter blues.<br /><br />Perhaps take a field trip, or have a "I can't wait until Summer" party.<br /><br />Now is not the time to slow down.... but to keep pressing forward.<br /><br />Remind them to keep their eye on the prize!Learningtrends/GEDSourcehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08644052926157330873noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-17691005.post-45788426601272005902008-03-18T07:35:00.002-05:002008-03-18T07:40:10.913-05:00GED UpdateIf you have been reading this blog, you will remember the student who struggled to pass their GED math test. That student then passed the test, but still needed 80 points. Well here is an update.<br /><br />That student is now just 20 points away from getting his GED! How did he do it? He did it with hard work and perserverance! <br /><br />If you are struggling to pass the GED, know that you are NOT alone. There are many individuals like you who struggle with one or more of the tests. Keep at it! Don't get discouraged, and remember to ask for help when you need it.<br /><br />What's your story?Learningtrends/GEDSourcehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08644052926157330873noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-17691005.post-35332146555522761462008-03-03T20:33:00.003-06:002008-03-03T20:44:22.929-06:00GED and Other ProgramsIf you are thinking about taking a class or getting into a program while you are taking the GED tests, it is a good idea to contact the school. I realize that it can be tempting to get into the program ASAP, but what happens if you do NOT pass the tests?<br /><br />This is so devastating for students when this happens. Better to check what the school's policy is ahead of time. <br /><br />If you find yourself, or your student, in this situation...... step back and determine what it is that you need to do. What test do you need to finish? Can you continue in the program while you complete your GED? <br /><br />Do you know of anyone in this situation? I would love to hear what they did.Learningtrends/GEDSourcehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08644052926157330873noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-17691005.post-7150003170362842232008-02-24T18:29:00.004-06:002008-02-24T18:39:29.660-06:00Life Beyond the GEDMany times I will get asked questions regarding attending college after getting a GED. Is a GED enough? Will the institution require another test?<br /><br />My advice is to simply ask. If you are looking to enter a college, the army, or get a better job.... ask THEM what the requirements are. You will get the advice you need at the right time that you need it.<br /><br />Getting the GED is a stepping stone into a better part of the students life. It is the first step into something greater and better.<br /><br />Embrace it!Learningtrends/GEDSourcehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08644052926157330873noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-17691005.post-50667423781209126682008-02-23T15:28:00.002-06:002008-02-23T15:35:05.534-06:00GED AnxietyIt is not unusual for a GED student to have a bit of anxiety. For many students, their past educational experience had not been a positive one. Many remember a time when all they experienced was negativity from teachers and "F's". To put themselves in the forefront, go to school/learning center, and take a test/s..... takes a lot of courage and self determination! Remember to continually praise your students and encourage them throughout the GED testing process. Getting positive reinforcement goes along way.... and everyone needs and craves it.... regardless of age.Learningtrends/GEDSourcehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08644052926157330873noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-17691005.post-91831879470195940922008-02-17T09:06:00.001-06:002008-02-17T09:10:11.591-06:00GED AgeWhen can a person take the GED tests? Some can take them at age 17 while others must wait until they are 18.5 years of age. You need to check with your local GED testing center to see what their requirements are.<br /><br />In most cases, you will need to attend a GED orientation so that you understand the program, complete the proper paperwork, and take an assessment to determine your reading skills.Learningtrends/GEDSourcehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08644052926157330873noreply@blogger.com0