GED Studying 101

Studying for the GED can be daunting. Students may be embarrassed to go to a program to study, be nervous about additional costs, or think that they could do a better job with their own schedule. FLC has a GED section to our website that can answer any question you might have about getting a GED; testing places, program sites, online resources and FAQs.

The GED testing service has a series of videos that will answer FAQs from the source. This is great if you find the wording too confusing, or just want to have someone tell you more about the test.

Besides taking the GED, let your students know that there are other options. Florida Virtual School has classes for students to complete so they can get their high school diploma. Online Adult Education courses can be enormously helpful for the student who wants to get a standard high school diploma versus a GED. Florida Adult and Technical Distance Educational Consortium also has some free classes on subjects that could help you study or get high school credit.

Take a practice test! You can do this initially to see what you need work on, throughout the studying process as a check in, and then again at the end to feel more confident and ready. Nothing will help ease the nervousness like getting familiarized with your opponent.

After you have your questions answered, have taken a practice test, and decided that you want to take the GED, visit Florida GED Task force. This is your ultimate source for any question and any section you could have issues with on the test and a website with a corresponding activity.

As an educator, if you want to practice with the NEW GED assessment for the 2014 updated GED, don’t forget to check out GED’s new assessment materials. 

Programs help students pursue career credentials while studying for the GED

Students without a high school diploma or GED are being helped through transition programs offered by school districts and state colleges in Florida.  A growing number of post secondary educational programs now allow students to begin studying to attain a career credential while working toward a GED. This option is being facilitated by programs which offer an alternative to traditional courses of study  that require a high school degree or equivalent before enrolling in college.  A 2010 study of the Workforce Strategy Center showed that fifty-seven percent of adults in bridge programs possess educational skills below the 10th-grade level, with 19 percent having skills below the sixth-grade level.

Donna Roberts, Assistant Professor, at Indian River State College stated, “These programs work and help students to succeed. The idea that they can get a head start on their future and see light at the end of the tunnel is very inviting. There are many motivating forces for adult education students. They have a strong need to apply what they have learned, or are learning, to the real world. They are motivated when they find relevance or worth in their studies. However, creating a culture and climate of continued support and mentoring for our students is a vital component of keeping them focused and motivated.”

Indian River State College and several other Florida institutions have been noted by the National Career Pathways Network as models in the field providing transition services for adults.  The focus on Career Pathways and the use of CHOICES, the free on-line career exploration program, are becoming part of the initial intake for many adult education students.


Some examples of programs that do not require a GED for completions include

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigeration & Heating
  • Autocad Foundations
  • Automotive Service Technology
  • Barbering
  • Basic Electronics
  • Child Development & Early Intervention
  • Culinary Operations
  • Commercial Vehicle Driving
  • Cosmetology/Nails/Facials
  • Dietetic Management & Supervision
  • Digital Media Support
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Electronics; Electronic Technology
  • Graphic Design Support
  • Insurance
  • Landscape & Horticulture Technology
  • Lasers & Photonics
  • Legal Administrative Specialist
  • Medical Administrative Specialist
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Patient Care Assistant
  • Phlebotomy
  • Private Security Officer & Statewide Childcare Worker.