The GED test is probably one of the hardest exams you have to take as an American citizen. Many Americans take the GED test every year and 42% of test takers fail. If you are among those who did not get enough score to pass GED, don’t despair because you still have a chance to take the test again because each person can take the test 3 times in a year. The best news is that you don’t have to re-take those subjects you already passed, only those that you failed. So what do you do after you are told that you failed the GED? It is time for immediate action! Time wasted is an opportunity lost, so act right away.
Here’s what you need to do:
1. Ask your state’s GED office how to retake.
The first thing you need to do is to contact your state’s GED office and ask them what you need to do to re-take the GED test. This is very important so that you can apply to retake right away and not waste any time. Here are the questions you should ask your state’s GED office:
· If there’s a fee to retake the exam. Some state allows you to retake for free, but other’s don’t, so it’s safer to ask.
· If there are necessary papers to submit before you can take the GED test again.
· The date and time are you allowed to take the test again.
· Whether or not you need to take all the sections again or only those that you have failed.
2. Prepare right away.
Once you know the requirements to apply for a GED retake, don’t waste any time and fulfill those requirements. Once you are all set and already have a schedule for the test, it is time to prepare. If your state does not require you to take the sections you already passed, focus all your attention on the subjects where you failed. You may want to take GED classes or buy study materials for that subject where you failed. This time it should be easier to study because you can focus on just one subject instead of many. Remember to focus, concentrate and do not waste time.
3. Assess the reason you failed.
You also need to know why you failed the last time. There is a reason that you filed your GED test and eliminating that reason on your retake will increase your chances of passing. The following are the common reasons people fail:
· Lack of preparation: When studying for the GED test, you have to sacrifice some things, maybe stop going to the bar for a while or stop hanging out with friends. Spend more time on studying. This may be tough to do, but don’t forget, the rewards for passing the GED test is life-changing.
· Mental condition during the test: You may have panicked, felt nervous, or scared during the test. These conditions will keep you from concentrating on the test, which results in bad score. Nervousness is natural when taking tests but if your nervousness keeps you from answering the questions properly then you will fail. There is a way to minimize nervousness and fear and panic though and that is by taking mock tests. The more familiar you are to the test format, the less nervous you will be in the actual test.
· Physical condition during the test: Lack of sleep, fatigue and other undesirable physical conditions can also keep you from concentrating during the test. The day before you take the test, sleep early, avoid alcohol and make sure you don’t do strenuous activities. That way, you will be in the best physical condition to take the test.
4. Come early to the test venue.
During the retake date, make sure you come early to the test venue so that you still have time to relax and calm your nerves. Coming in late is a sure way to feel nervous and fidgety, which is not good. Before the test begins, breathe in and out and flush out any negative thoughts.
Failing the GED test is not the end of your dreams. As the saying goes, try and try until you succeed. Do not let one failure stop you from achieving your dreams. When you fail the GED test, prepare better and pass it!