How Hard is the GED Test?


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Don’t stress how hard the GED test is. © Cherrymerry | Stock Free Images

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people take the General Education Development test (also known as the GED test) to confirm they’ve completed a high school education.

Some are high school dropouts who just want to move on to life after high school. And some are older people who’ve experienced the many limitations that come along with not having completed a high school education.

Whatever their reason, those who are preparing want to know how hard is the GED test? And the answer isn’t nice…

The GED Test is Getting Harder

If you were to take the GED test now, it would be a lot easier than it’ll be next year. Right now, if you fail one or more sections of the GED exam, you can simply re-test in that subject area.

But on January 1, 2014, it goes into effect that one failed section equals a whole failed GED test. Yep… no more re-dos. If you aren’t 100% prepared to walk into a testing center and ace the exam, there’s a chance you’ll be returning to do the whole thing over again.

At around $70 for the whole exam, I don’t think that’s something most people want to do over and over again.

Practice Makes Perfect

If you’re a bit worried about how hard the GED test will be for you, the only solution is to STUDY, STUDY, STUDY! Practice makes perfect.

There are several great places to visit online for help with GED test prep. One of the best that I’ve found is There you can find a free practice GED test. You won’t be able to practice the Language Arts, Writing portion of the exam however; an essay is required when you go to take the real-life test.

Free Online GED Test Prep

You may be able to find a community college or library in your city that offers GED test prep. Or you can practice in the comfort of your own home. I’d go with the latter if I were you.

At, you’ll find a free online course to help you prepare for the GED test. By “free”, I mean absolutely NO cost to you. Start whenever you’re ready… but I recommend you get started soon.

Another awesome site to check out for test prep is Varsity Tutors. The great thing about this website is that it grows with you. The other websites I listed will work to prepare you for your GED test.

Varsity Tutors can help you prepare for all the big tests you’ll take in your educational journey. After getting your GED, if you plan to apply to college – keep them in mind.

How Hard is the GED Test?

In all, the GED test is only as hard as you make it (explanation further down). The test includes:

  • Language Arts, Reading
  • Language Arts, Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Each of these subjects have been taught to you since the day you entered kindergarten. The exam is merely a test to see if you were paying the slightest bit of attention in class. (That’s how I think of it anyway.)

You will not have to memorize formulas, specific dates, long definitions or anything like that to pass. Most of the questions actually give hints if you know how to use the process of elimination and common sense.

So the GED test really isn’t that hard.

In fact, some young adults opt to take the GED test rather than finish their last year or two of high school. That goes to show that most of the questions on the test are about things you’ve already learned from middle school and the first couple years of high school.

How YOU Can Make the GED Test Hard

For a lot of people, actually studying for and getting up to go take the GED test is the hardest part.

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How hard is the GED test? Only as hard as you make it if you don’t make time. © Stuartmiles | Stock Free Images

Some may fail one section and let it stay that way instead of going back to re-test. Some just leave high school and never “find time” to take the exam at all. That only makes things harder than they have to be.

Everyone knows if you don’t use it, you lose it. It’s easy to forget most of what you learned in school after a long period of time away from the classroom.

But I’m sure the upcoming changes to GED testing will give test-takers a reason to get started right away.

Go Ahead & Take the Test

Last, but not least, one of the reasons to go ahead and take the GED test as soon as possible involves this website.

As grows, there will be countless articles about and resources to use for income opportunities. There’s so much you can do without a college degree. But not much you can do without a GED. If you want to take advantage of every possible path to a successful life after high school, you have to take action NOW.

Nothing’s too hard for a person who believes in himself. Hopefully reading this inspires you even more. :)

Nikki Robinson is passionate about helping young adults become successful in life after high school. Through career coaching, she helps young adults land their dream job.

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