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GED At Home: Overview of GED Home Study Possibilities

It is possible to prepare for the GED using without taking a local or Internet-based course. Home-study materials are available through GED Testing Services partners and allow students to prepare for the GED at their own pace.

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Study for the GED at Home

What Are Your Options?

Those wishing to prepare for the GED exam without attending local or online courses can use home study materials that are offered in print or video formats. While many third-party home-study materials are available, the GED Testing Service - a program offered through the American Council on Education - generally recommends that test takers use materials provided by its partners, including Steck-Vaughn and Kentucky Educational Television (KET).

Home Study Materials

Steck-Vaughn

Steck-Vaughn is a company that focuses on adult education and publishes the Official GED Practice Test (OPT). Both short and long versions of the practice test are available.

Steck-Vaughn publishes pre-test preparation materials as well, including GED strategy guides, math preparation books, exercise workbooks and others. These at-home GED study materials include the popular Keys to GED Success series. Steck-Vaughn's books present subject matter in-depth and are ideal for those who need significant preparation. Those who may not need as much preparation often opt for the single book, Complete GED Preparation, which includes more than 2,000 practice questions.

Kentucky Educational Television

KET partners with PBS LiteracyLink to broadcast GED preparation television programs on PBS television stations. In total, KET offers 39 videos, three workbooks and five Internet learning modules for this program. Test takers wishing to study this way can check their local PBS stations for air dates and times.

Episodes often put GED questions in real-world contexts. KET encourages recording the programs and using them for further practice; however, should a test taker not have access to recording equipment, KET GED preparation videos may also be found at local colleges and public libraries.

KET offers practice tests as well. The company notes that its practice tests are not official, but they are compiled from sample questions provided by the GED Testing Service.

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