Studying for your GED (General Equivalency Development) is only one way to prepare for the big test day. You need to get mentally and physically prepared! What would happen if on test day you are too tired, worn out, or just plain nervous to do your best? You want to make sure you’re at peak performance on GED test day. Here are some simple, practical tips on how to do it.
The Week Before
- Clear time to review. Early in the week you should take a practice test and practice the test-taking strategies described earlier in our Quick Guide The Best Strategies for Acing the GED test. Practice pacing yourself on the practice test. Make sure you review any areas if you had problems with this final practice test.
- Ease up toward the end of the week. Don’t wear yourself out or get too stressed. Cramming the night before the test won’t help you, especially since the General Equivalency Development Tests focus on skills, not formulas, dates, or facts.
- Make a practice run to the test center. Make sure you know where the test center is, how to get there, and where you can park (if you drive). Do a practice run the week before and time yourself. You should be at the test center 15 to 20 minutes in advance and then plan accordingly. On test day, the only thing you want to be focusing on is the test!
- Try to maintain your confidence. You’re at your best when you feel good about yourself and your stress level is under control. Being prepared will help build confidence. Don’t let self-doubts build up; think positive thoughts and imagine yourself succeeding!
- Get everything together that you’ll need. The night before the test, gather everything that you’ll need the next day. This includes your admission ticket (if applicable), sharpened No. 2 pencils with erasers, suitable identification, and a watch to help pace yourself on the test. You should even get out of the clothes you’re going to wear. If you’re taking more than one General Equivalency Development test, don’t forget the food! It’s a good idea to bring a healthy snack to eat between tests and lunch if you’ll be testing all day. Finally, bring a sweater or jacket to wear in case the testing room is cool.
- Get a good night’s sleep. During the week, don’t fall behind on your sleep. Then, the night before the test, try to get the sleep you need to feel rested and refreshed the next morning. If you’re having trouble getting to sleep, don’t take a sleeping pill or drink alcohol; this will be counterproductive. Double-check the test time and if you need to get up early, set your alarm and have a backup wake-up plan in case your alarm doesn’t go off.
The Morning of Test Day
Get up early enough so you are not rushed. Leave plenty of time to get ready and get to the test center.
- Eat a healthy breakfast. But don’t depart too much from your regular routine. If you don’t usually eat much for breakfast, today is not a good day to have a huge one. Make sure what you eat is healthy and not too heavy in sugar that might give you energy, but also make you crash and get tired before the test is finished.
- Bring a snack and/or lunch. If you are taking more than one test, bring a healthy snack to eat between tests. If you are testing all day, take lunch. Your time for lunch may be limited, and relying on lunch at a restaurant may not be a good idea.
- Review test-taking strategies. If you have time and feel you have to do something, review the five test-taking strategies. These strategies will help you maximize your score.
Armed with these tips for the final countdown, you will be ready for anything the General Equivalency Development can throw at you, and be able to get the best score you can. Good luck!