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Preparing to Take the GED

You have many ways to prepare for the GED Tests. How you choose to study depends how you learn. You may take a class with an instructor and other students, have a personal tutor, or learn on your own.

If you wish to talk with someone to determine the best way for you to prepare, call the National Center for Family Literacy at (502) 584-1133, or visit the National Center for Family Literacy Web site.

To locate the names and locations of adult education centers and specific instructional programs near you, visit America's Literacy Directory at the National Institute for Literacy (NIFL) web site. Enter your zip code to receive a list of nearby programs. The U.S. government also operates a toll-free information number through NIFL at (800) 828-8133.

A variety of tools are available to help you prepare yourself for the GED Tests.

LearningExpressLibrary is available through BPLOnline. This service provides test preparation materials and interactive practice exams based on official tests. These practice tests offer immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and individualized analysis of your results. Requires a Jefferson County Library Card to access. is a free service provided by Steck-Vaughn to familiarize you with the types of items you will see on the actual GED test. By answering GED practice questions and getting feedback, you will develop a feel for the kind of reading, thinking, and problem-solving skills you will need to pass the GED test.

Contemporary/McGraw-Hill Publishes a number of instructional materials available for adult basic education and GED preparation courses. An online practice test site for high school, college, graduate and Microsoft exams.

The following sites provide information on the GED and are also free of charge. You may wish to visit some or all of them to see what is available. is a free educational website that is developing materials for the GED 2002 Test. Classes can be taken either asynchronously or synchronously.

GED Connection is a free online learning component that is part of the GED Connection materials

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