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How to Prepare for the GED Examination

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Admission into a college or university in the United States or Canada usually requires the student to have a high school diploma or its equivalent. The standard equivalent to a high school diploma is a General Educational Development certification or GED. There are several reasons why a student might need a GED:

– if they weren’t able to finish their high school education
– if they were home-schooled and did not receive a diploma
– if they went to school in another country

The GED tests students’ abilities to read, write, and comprehend English-language texts. It’s important to have a good vocabulary in order to do well on the test. Whether you’re working on the science section, the reading comprehension section, or the social studies section (history, geography, etc.), you’ll be presented with written questions that you need to read and understand in order to answer the questions correctly. It’s especially important to focus on vocabulary improvement if your first language is not English; however, even native English speakers will benefit from having an expanded vocabulary.

Unlike the SAT and GRE, there is no specific vocabulary test done as part of the GED. Your skill with language will be tested by the way you are able to respond to the questions. There’s also an essay component of the test, and you will be required to write several paragraphs (at a minimum) on the given topic. Your essay needs to be grammatically correct, with no words misspelled. If you’ve spent time in vocabulary study, you’ll know how to use words correctly in context, and you will be less likely to make mistakes in spelling.

Essay questions are important parts of the GED and other tests, because they show your ability to organize your thoughts and express them clearly. With a large vocabulary, you’ll have all of the words you need to communicate your ideas to the reader.