How to Pass the GED Test Without Studying | Really?

Passing the GED test without studying is impossible. Well unless you’re a genius, and let’s be honest, when was the last time you bumped into one?

Occasionally, I read about students who claim to have achieved this feat, but on the whole I don’t believe them.

We can all remember back to high school. This was a time of bravado and tale telling. I’m sure we can all remember one student in our class who claimed to have got fantastic grades without opening a book.

The fact is as follows: life just doesn’t work that way. People never get anywhere without hard work, dedication and strategy.

Thus, the rest of this post will set out NOT how you can pass the GED test without studying… but, rather, it will show you real steps you can take to push your score upwards!

Remember, next time you hear someone claim to have created something out if nothing, give them a skeptical glance and return to the real work of reading and writing. 

Plan effectively, don't cram effectly

In my experience, crammers rarely do well in tests. One test they never do well in is GED.

Why is this? 

The answer is simple. The GED test is not a test of memorization. It’s a skills based test that focuses more on analysis, synthesis and interpretation.

In the Social Studies test, for example, you’ll never be asked to remember the the date Martin Luther Kind was shot. Conversely, you be asked to identify what caused this to happen or what the ramifications were for society at large. 

Do you see the difference? GED required students to think rather than repeat, and that, in my opinion, is the test’s greatest achievement.

In the working world, employers want thinkers and problem solvers. They need those who can analyse situations and find viable solutions fast. The GED test in all subject areas sharpens higher order thinking skills that are transferable into university and the working world.

So, as you can see from the above, cramming for the GED test is pointless and doomed to failure.

In this spirit, you need to carefully plan your time.

If you plan your time effectively, you can prepare for the GED test and maximize your score. See the video below for information on how to do this.

Focus on skills not details

If you think your going to pass the GED by not studying you have obviously never attempted a practice paper. Over the years, I’ve seen cocky teenagers and young adults swagger into the classroom to take a GED practice paper. I can assure you that once finished, they leave the classroom without the same brimming confidence.

‘But I know everything about the American Revolution and I couldn’t do the related questions on the GED Social Studies practice paper!’

Remember, just because you know about a period of history or have a read a particular novel doesn’t mean you’ll ace the GED RLA and Social Studies tests. Far from it. 

Why is this?

It’s because the GED test are tests of skill, and to improve your skills in life what do you have to do? Yes, you got it. You have to practice, practice and practice some more.

Therefore, when I hear students bragging about getting a 165 average on the GED test without studying, I know quite honestly they’re talking nonsense.

How can I practice these skills for the GED test?

There are many way for you to sharpen the skills you need to pass the GED test. Here are a few of them:

These preparation books give you helpful strategies and realistic practice questions which will begin to sharpen your skills for all four subject areas.

This wonderful website can be used to prepare for the RLA, Social Studies and Science modules of the GED test.

I actually referred to Newsela as the best free teaching resource on the internet a few weeks ago in a talk I gave to my teaching team.

Watch the video below to find out how you can incorporate it into your studies.

This free reading platform allows students to read articles and answer questions that conform with Common Core Standards

Student take a pre-test consisting of 8 questions when they first sign up for the program. After that, the algorithm finds the student’s reading level and feeds them fiction and non-fiction texts to suit their needs.

The program rewards students for answering 100% of the questions right by moving them up a level on a line graph. This visual representation motivates students to read closely as they ‘Don’t want to go down a level.’

Readtheory motivates and pushes student’s reading levels up rapidly. I highly recommend it for preparing for the GED test. 

Focus on strategy and not short cuts

With the GED cover 4+ years of high school in one exam you can’t afford to take short cuts.

Many say they can pass the pass the GED without studying, and in an attempt to realize this dream they spend all their time searching the internet for tips and tricks that will magically give them a GED passing grade.

I have news for you if you think this way. Tips and tricks can only take you so far. There’s no substitute for hard work so stop fantasizing and start studying.

Sorry if I burst your bubble with my last point, but I’ve seen too many people duped into thinking this or that technique will be the secret sauce they need to pass the GED test. It won’t folks. Pick up a book or a pen and get down to some study.

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