There is no doubt that the 2014 GED test is a difficult assessment for students to pass. It is completely computer-based and the knowledge that students are required to possess prior to the GED test is more extensive than it has been in previous years.
Hopefully, your students will acquire 21st-century skills necessary for the exam and beyond or else they are in danger of becoming the equivalent of extinct dinosaurs in the workplace. Lockwood, Nally, Dowdell, McGlone, & Steurer, in their article titled “Implementing the 2014 Ged Exam and Computer-Based Ged Testing in Correctional Facilities: A Guide for Correctional Educators and Administrators” (2013) explain the need for students to master the many types of questions (multiple choice, short answer, hot spot, drag and drop, etc) used throughout the GED exam.
Here’s What I Suggest You Do
One simple and powerful suggestion for successful testing is to install Pearson Vue’s free and downloadable practice test onto your classroom computers. Have students explore the practice test on their classroom computer as a hands-on exercise. It is essentially the same as the official test. To access the resource, click on the following link:
Look to the right-hand side of the page. The free GED practice tests are available in both English and Spanish but do not have all of the features of the GED Ready practice test, which is online only.
My students love using this resource because they see exactly how the GED test will appear. This prevents them from wasting time figuring out how to navigate through the test and they are exposed to the many types of questions that will appear when the day of their exam arrives.
Lockwood, S. R., Nally, J. M., Dowdell, J., McGlone, J., & Steurer, S. (2013). Implementing the 2014 Ged Exam and Computer-Based Ged Testing in Correctional Facilities: A Guide for Correctional Educators and Administrators. Journal Of Correctional Education, 64(2), 5-21.