Even if many years have passed since you were old enough to attend high school, it will never be too late for you to finish your high school education via the GED test. There are no age restrictions for obtaining a GED; you just need to sign up to take the test and pass all subject-area sections on the test.
Why You Should Get Your GED
Getting your GED will open an entirely new world to you. You will be able to apply for jobs that require a high school education that you couldn't apply for in the past. You can pursue further education, such as an associate degree or bachelor's degree. Also, there is no way to measure the sense of accomplishment you will feel when you are awarded your GED.
How the Test Works
The testing for the GED varies from one state to the next, but most follow a similar format. You will sing up to take the GED test, which can be done in-person or online. You will be assigned a test date. On that test date, you will take the test, which will contain multiple mini-tests that cover different subject areas.
After you take your test, you will be notified if you passed each subject-area exam on the test. If you passed each subject-area exam, you will be awarded a General Education Completion Certification.
If you didn't pass each subject area test, in most states, you can retake those specific parts of the tests one to two times without having to pay an additional fee. You will also be provided with feedback on what questions you answered correctly and incorrectly so you can focus your studying on the material you still need to master.
How to Prepare for the Test
If it has been many years since you were in high school, you are going to want to study before you take the test. The test covers very specific material you will want to review, and depending on your educational background, there may be new material for you to learn.
There are lots of ways to prepare for the test. You can work with a community organization that offers free classes that will help you learn the material you need to pass the test. Community organizations that offer free or reduced-cost GED classes can provide you with the small group instruction you need to learn the material, pass the test, and improve your life.
In addition to taking classes, there are both free and paid online study programs and aides. Most states offer some form of free online instruction to help people prepare to take the GED test. If you are more of a pen and paper type of person, look for various companies' GED study guides. You may be able to check one out from your local library.
It is never too late to learn, and it is never too late to get your GED and complete your high school education. Reach out to a community organization who supports adults looking to get their GED and sign up for some classes. Research and use online resources that will help you prepare for the test as well.