maria

 I have a big fear of falling the g.e.d ,  Do I have to be perfect? Is there real help out their?

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Peg

There is tons of help out there and you need not be perfect,just willing and able

Guido

What trouble are you having with the GED exam?

Joe Steinbock
There is no need to be afraid of failing, and I'll tell you why.  You can re-take any of the 5 GED tests as many times as you need to until you pass!!  (note:I'm an ABE/GED teacher in Nebraska).  Now for the bad news: in most states, you have to wait 30-60 days to retake any one test AND can only take a test either 3 or 4 times in a given year.  In most/all GED classrooms, you have to take a Practice Test and score high enough on it to be able to take any Official GED Test.  Good News: 99% of all GED classes are free.  Bad News: 99% of all GED classrooms are very over-croweded and under-staffed, 80% of GED instructors do not even know how to do GED math.  FYI: At one point in time, the GED tests were given to a few thousand highschool students and scored.  You have to do better than 65% of those seniors.  The good news is that H.S. seniors in America don't know much. 
The Reading test, for example, is relatively easy.  There are 40 mult. choice questions.  You need to get approx. 26 correct to score a 450 (note" you must AVERAGE 450 on all 5 GED tests).  Several years ago, a student had to take ALL 5 tests in one day.  This is not the case any more.  You can take one at a time.  BAD NEWS: the GED Math test is pretty hard.  There are 50 questions, 40 of which are mult. choice, 10 are not.  When you start to study the math, dont stop!! It's like being on a diet.  Don't feel like you need to be an "expert" in all areas.  When you get to the point to begin studying for the math test, shoot me an email, I will give you dozens and dozens of tips that will help you.  Good Luck!
Tiffany
Well right now I am studing for my GED and I have high hopes, because I am putting my all and all into it

Leonard Williams
Tiffany, that's the biggest step to getting your GED...keeping motivated and keeping going. Every day that you set aside some study time, you're making progress, and you'll get there before you know it!
sunflower
I'm such a big procrastinate person I was doing so well studying I got sick for a minute now I'm finding all and every excuse in the book not to start studying for my GED again. Is anyone here having the same problem where you just feel like you cant do it so why bother.You see I'm scared of succeeding why I don't know maybe its because I was always told I would never be anything in life.I know I have to pass this GED test if I want to give my kids a better life.Sometimes  I wonder if i'm the only person like this out there I hope not because its not a good feeling .......


Leonard
Sunflower (and everyone!),

It's a new year... time to make new year's resolutions! I know a lot of people who feel like you do, who procrastinate and put off studying for their GED. And I know a lot of GED teachers who see students drop out when they're really close to succeeding, too. You've hit the nail on the head, when you say you're "scared of succeeding." A lot of people feel the same way, but not a lot of people talk about it.

The truth is, success can be scary--especially when you haven't had a lot of it. How would it change your life? And what if you can't really do it after all? The truth is, you can do it. And it can change your life. But you're in control of those changes, of what you choose to happen for yourself and your family. You know that you want something better. So, just take a deep breath.

The best way to get through it is to take things one step at a time. Don't think too far into the future. Just think, every day, "today I will study 1/2 hour." Okay. Just that. That's not too hard, or too frightening. It's just 1/2 hour. Make it your BIG priority. Your promise to yourself every day. Focus on just that: studying 1/2 hour a day. Take it one subject at a time, the easiest subject first. And when you're ready with a couple of subjects, take the GED test, and get those subjects out of the way. Then you can move forward, with some success already under your belt. One small step at a time. You don't need to worry about what will happen after you get your GED. Just focus on what's right in front of you.

To avoid procrastinating, make a rule: you'll never miss two days' studying in a row. If you miss one day, don't kill yourself about it. Just get right back on the horse. You can do it!

Now's the time for New Year's Resolutions. And you can get your GED with plenty of the year left over to celebrate and relax. Promise yourself a vacation from worrying about stuff for a few months after you get the GED. So you don't have to face any big decisions right away... just take some time to be happy and feel like you've accomplished something.

You can do it. And if you need help with a study plan, call 1-877-480-7780. Just keep going!

Leonard
James
Happy New Year
 
    Yes i am working on the Ged, its just taking me sometime.
Lucy
I'm with you, Sunflower.

I wrote this in my blog just yesterday: "Looking at the amount of work I have to do is stressful. I am trying to be patient with myself, yet not get lost to procrastination. I want to finish the lessons in February, or at least before my birthday. More and more, that goal seems unrealistic. I hope I can handle the urgency that I will undoubtedly feel, and can put up a fair fight to self-sabotage---the little devil on my shoulder."
NIMCO

I want everybody who is having problems geting their Ged hear my story. I recetly got my GED after I haved worked so hard to get it. i had child to take care and job and anybody who has children knows how hard it can be to find time to study. i told myself that i would get my ged no matter what it takes. When my child sleeps, i found time and even stay up an hour late night to do my homework. Nothing would stop you from getting your ged and achieving your dreams. if you have a job, children, or any other things that might seem obstacle you can still do it and make your dreams come true. Now that i get my ged, i am planing to go to college and make my dream of becoming Nurse Practioner come true. so everyone go and get your Ged and make your life better. Good luck and please dont give up.

Secret
I am trying to push myself into going to get my G.E.D but there are ALOT of factors that are freaking me out and honestly kind of stopping me. I was told over and over again when I was growing up that "I am stupid and don't amount to anything". I heard that for 18 years until I moved away from home. I hear that over and over in my head and my older brother makes fun of me because I want to get my G.E.D and he has told me that only losers get there G.E.D, if I wasn't such a loser then I would have finished high school. I know I'm not the dumbest person in the world but I am terrified to take that step into getting my G.E.D. I have no support system to give me confidence and I would have to drive 35 miles each way to get to the classes and money is a issue. I think I am scared of not knowing what the tests are going to be like. I know that there is algebra on the math test and I have never in my life done algebra. I have a major problem with not being able to concentrate and my mind wonders ALL the time. I have myself convinced that I'm not smart enough to do this and that this is going to be VERY hard.
Leonard
Secret.... I talk to so many people who were told over and over that they were stupid or worthless... it's a tragedy, because the more you hear that kind of thing, especially when you're young, the more you begin to believe it yourself. It's hard to overcome, because every small setback seems to prove it... you say to yourself, "I knew I couldn't do it." I know it's hard to accept that it's not true... that "you're stupid" is a lie... you might know it with your mind, but you also need to know it in your heart. Even worse, your brother is adding to the problem. A lot of successful people get their GED. Do you know what losers do? Nothing. They drop out, they stop trying. They don't move forward in their lives. The GED is the opposite. You've had problems in the past, but the GED is a step forward to a better life. That's not something a loser does. The truth is, the GED is accepted by over 95% of colleges and employers. It opens doors of opportunity that are just closed to you if you don't have a high school diploma. It's the first step to get back on track, and it's a shame that someone who should be loving and supporting you is undermining you by telling you not to improve your life.

Hey... you're not stupid. A lot of people screw up in high school. A lot of people drop out, for a lot of reasons. The GED is there to get you back on track. Don't be afraid. It will take some work, but you can make a commitment to yourself to improve your life. You can succeed. You might even surprise yourself with how well you do.

You've got a few issues you're dealing with. One is transportation and expense of the classes. Well, that's a big problem. That's why the GED Academy made an online study program that people can use at home. You might want to check out our program, to see if it can help you. If you run into problems, look for solutions. Look for people to help you... that's what you're doing posting here, and it's a great thing.

Another problem is not knowing what the tests are like... well, the best way to find out it so take a practice test. Don't be discouraged... don't think that if it's hard, that means you'll fail. You might find that parts of the test are easier than you thought, and you'll at least get to know what the test is like. The parts that are hard are just areas that you need some brush up in... you can learn it quicker than you think. And remember, you don't have to get every question right.

You can pass. Just take it one step at a time, try to silence those voices that tell you you can't, and keep going toward your goal.

Here is a link to a lot of GED success stories, that can help keep you motivated: http://www.passged.com/stories/category/success-stories/ ... share your own success story when you pass

Leonard

Nicole
@sunflower.....

 I was able to graduate highschool at 18 but with a certificate of attendence and not an actual diploma... I still landed a great paying job so I lost site of my GED goals... (I wasnt struggling financially AT ALL) but when I became pregnant with twins and had to be a stay at home mom I started thinking it would be nice to take a few college classes online.. hence needing my GED... IM 23 and though i'm confident in being able to pass i'm terrified to even take it.. I keep picturing myself being surrounded by a bunch of 18 year olds feeling like a failue.. =(
kimberly

This is in response to Nicole. I am 19 years old & I have a 10 months old baby girl. I am currently waiting to take my official G.E.D exam. I understand you have twins & it will be tough. You just have to have faith in yourself.  I never graduated high school because of personal reasons, but having my daughter didn't stop me. it just motivated me more to get my education so I can have a better brighter future for me & my daughter. I don't want to sound like a preacher or anything but just know that you can do this. just put your mind into it. You really have to want to succeed because if you go into it half a$$ed, you will FAIL!!! Just believe in yourself Hun. Anybody can do it. They just have to want it bad enough. Good luck = ]

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