Zoey has been doing this whole homeschool thing off and on for a couple of years now. She’s super bright, but that can be a curse just as sure as it can be a blessing. We would have had her take the GED when she was 14, but the state of Utah doesn’t allow it. When she turned 16, we knew we needed to get our ducks in a row.

Document Requirements

First, we needed to make sure we had both forms required from the school and district that she would have attended if she were in public school. After that, we needed to have her take the GED Ready practice exam at GED.com. All four practice testsĀ  are only $24. Once we had satisfactory scores showing “likely to pass” in all four categories (Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Math) we took the forms to our local adult education provider. There, they were able to review Zoe’s scores and remove the block on GED.com to allow us to schedule her tests.


Taking the Tests

Once all the documents were in order, we scheduled Zoe’s tests and waited eagerly to see how she would do. Patience is not a trait we would claim, so it’s good that the testing center had appointments available that same week.


What we wish we’d known about the GED

1. Zoey says that she wishes that she had known ahead of time how mentally taxing the testing process would be. The tests are rather long and the breaks are short.

2. It was surprisingly less daunting than she expected, but she cautions other students to make sure you don’t let that go to your head. Think logically and stay focused on the questions, not the feeling of taking a test.

3. As a parent, I wish I had known that the practice test is 100% worth the investment of time, energy, and cash. We were much calmer during both test days because of the practice tests. I’m not sure what had made me hesitant to sign her up for them, but I won’t hesitate when it’s time for Siren to do her test prep.

4. The official GED Ready practice test online tells you which topics you should study. It won’t break down exactly what you missed in every question, but it will give you a fair idea of which things you should focus on while studying.

5. Zoe’s final piece of advice: Don’t wing it. Study and take it seriously. It’s not the hardest test out there, but it should be taken seriously.