GED Test Preparation: A Guide to Free or Affordable Resources
One of the biggest challenges of getting a GED is paying for
classes, study materials or the actual test. Also, many students
can't afford the cost of childcare or transportation to attend
classes regularly. Or, students simply can't go to classes
because of family and job commitments.
There are solutions. Though resources for adult learners vary,
no-cost or low-cost classes and study materials for self-guided
programs are usually available in most communities. There's also
help and resources online for GED students working on their
General Education Development credential, the best alternative
diploma for adults who never finished their high school
Here's a guide to free or affordable resources for GED test
1. Your Public Library should have many of the study guides and
GED lesson plans available for loan, and may also have videos
and CD ROM GED testing study courses as well. In some
communities, the library even sponsors free GED classes.
2. Most Community Colleges offer free or affordable GED courses
or classes in basic skills, which will apply to a GED study
program. The cost of these GED courses varies from area to area,
but generally they're free or inexpensive. If classes are
fee-based, check with the community college Financial Aid
Office. You may be eligible for free classes.
3. In many communities, even childcare costs and transportation
are available for GED students. Talk to local GED instructors;
check with the community college Student Support Services.
4. Community-based nonprofit Family Support Agencies or Family
Resource Centers are excellent sources for GED students. Contact
your local agency and ask about classes, materials and other
needs related to your educational goal such as childcare,
transportation or adult education classes or grants.
5. Your local Public School District or University may have
continuing education courses or adult education courses. There's
often grant money available to school districts that sponsor
programs and classes for adult learners. Give them a call to see
if they have the material you require for the GED test. You'll
probably want to check with the Central Office of the public
school district, the nearest High School and with the Adult
Education Office or Career Services office at the university.
6. Don't forget about the local branch of your State
Unemployment Office and local Department of Social Services.
Both of these agencies may have funds or resources available
through programs related to job training, workforce development,
job readiness or a DSS family support or welfare-to-work program.
7. If you're employed, your workplace is an excellent resource
for adult education. Your employer may already sponsor a
program, or be willing to sponsor your GED study and testing
costs since your goal is just as significant to your employer as
it is to you. Check with your employer or supervisor directly,
along with the Workforce Development, Personnel or Human
Resources officer or department. You may find you need to ask a
variety of people in the workplace to find the answer you need.
8. Your local PBS television station broadcasts GED courses that
you can take. PBS also offers some online courses for basic
skills required for the GED test. They're free.
9. PassGED was created to provide free support and low-cost help
for GED Test candidates. A lots of free information, test advice
and study guides is available, along with financial aid for an
online GED program. You'll also find a learning community of GED
students and instructors at the online Message Forum. The
website address is http://www.passGED.com.
10. You may also want to check with the American Council on
Education, the national administrative agency for the GED. The
ACE provides information about testing, official test sites, GED
scores and transcripts. To locate your official state test site
and administrator, a complete listing is available at