I hadn’t been in a traditional college classroom for over 8 years. As such, I was completely terrified of general classes, like math. Wanting to brush up and get myself back into the learning mindset, I hit the nearest Barnes n Noble and got me a good, old-fashioned GED book so I could start from the get-go and get my math skills dusted off.
It was the best decision I could have made concerning my education. A GED book starts from scratch on many of the basic subjects you will be getting back into in college, like history, math, science, English, and writing. By getting a GED book you have the opportunity to brush up on just a few subjects (for me, once again it was math), and you can even choose to study “sub” subjects in any category of learning you want to catch up on before your college semester starts.
GED books have practice sections in all the sub-categories in whatever you are brushing up on. I have been using basic math in work since High School, so jumped to the harder things I didn’t remember, like Geometry and linear equations. I also brushed up on my English, even though I have no problems with writing or reading. In fact, I brushed up on the whole dang book, because they way GED books are laid out is they start with the beginning of each subject and allow you to learn from scratch as if you never had heard of the subject before. It’s fun and easy, and really gets you back into that learning mindset that is so important for your college career.
The best part of a GED book? The complete practice tests at the end, with a time limit. The book I got, “McGraw-Hill’s GED” (fully revised edition), came with 2 full-length practice GED tests at the end of the book, and pre-tests in the very beginning for trying out your skills and learning what you need to work on.
It took me about a month to finish the whole book, and I utilized other GED practice resources, like gedpractice.com and other practice online sites. I really wanted to be comfortable and already in that learning mindset to get back to school, rather than being overwhelmed in the classroom.
Good thing I took all that time to study as well. At the local community college I am at, there is a COMPASS test you have to take to determine your skill levels in all subjects, so you get placed in the proper classes. Since I aced that bugger with all my brushing up for school, I don’t need to worry about prerequisites in math before I can get into the math level that is proper for my major, keeping me on track to graduate.
I deeply suggest getting a GED practice book if you are going to be going back to college after a lengthy amount of time. You get to dust off your brain and get back into the learning mindset that is necessary to succeed, and you won’t be so shocked when you get into your first class after years of just not having to learn anything. There are many books to choose from (and you can even rent one from the library) and there are many online sources you can use to take practice tests to see what you need to work on.
The GED practice tests (and real tests) test the abilities of a person on what a High School graduate should know to get their diploma. This means, if you can ace a GED practice test then you are equal with all the other freshmen in your college classroom, even if you are years older than they are. It gives you that confidence that you’ve still got your smarts, and are ready to get your education to its absolute heights. Give a GED book a try!
Just type in GED practice tests for free in your search engine and you will be inundated with knowledge-increasing tests you can practice on, or get a book you can read up on in your spare time while readying for college. You won’t be sorry.