GED Ready-Helpful Manual-How to make most of it

The GED Ready practice test is the only test that will predict your readiness for the real GED® test. GED Ready® is the official practice test developed by GED Testing Service.

This test will assess if a test-taker will be successful or not on the real GED test.

As the GED test consists of four separate and independent modules or sub-tests, there are four GED Ready tests.

You can buy GED Ready Vouchers that are good for one of these four official practice tests.

When you take this test, your score is assigned to one of the three zones: Likely to pass (when you get 159 and above), Too close to call (when you score between 143 and 158), and Unlikely to pass (when you get 100 and 142).

Here is a helpful manual on how to sign up and what to expect.

GED Ready Manual step by step

To take the GED Ready test, you will need to login to your account on the website. If you don’t have this account yet, click here for my instructions, how to do it.

Keep in mind, some GED schools offer free GED Ready test as a part of their curriculum. If your school provides you with free access to GED Ready, you will still find this manual helpful so keep reading.

After login, you see a screen showing 4 GED subjects, click on one of the subjects.


On the next page, scroll down to the part that says: Practice, click on “GED Ready.”

You will be redirected to the payment page. The GED Ready tests cost $6 per subject. Upon successful payment, you can begin the GED Ready test. You will be asked to choose a subject, and you will see a welcome screen.

The welcome message explains that you don’t need to take the whole test in once, you can stop at any time and resume later. However, you need to remember that when you want to stop, you need to close your browser and quit the website immediately.

I recommend taking a GED Ready test in once; in this way, you will simulate the real test conditions and check how you are managing the time pressure.

GED Ready tests are shorter than the real GED Test. So, for example, the Social studies test is 35 minutes when the real test is 75 minutes.

In the top right corner is a timer.

It’s important to monitor your time. The biggest mistake you can make is NOT to be able to see all questions because you run out of time!

Ten minutes before your time is up, you will get a notification about that.

GED Ready Content and Your Score

The questions in the GED Ready tests are very similar to the real test questions, so you are getting a good overview of your chances of passing the GED test and you get used to the test settings.

After you finish the test, you will get the results.

To be honest, I was a bit confused at this point. You do NOT get a screen with your score.

Instead, you go back to your account, and you will see a red dot in the top right corner meaning you have a new message. The message says
Your GED Ready® Score. Your GED Ready score and feedback are available. View now. When you click on the link, you will be redirected to the page with your score.

It looks like this:

You see that the status says: likely to pass. View results.

And the next page shows you a nice graph with your score and also suggestions on how to score higher.

I got the recommendation to use the Kaplan GED 2018 Strategies, Practice, and Review book to improve my Reading for Meaning, Analyzing Historical Events and Arguments in Social Studies, and Using Numbers and Graphs in Social Studies skills.

Next Steps

Now when I log in to my account, I immediately get the message:

Your GED Ready Practice Test score shows you are likely to pass the Social Studies test! So, it’s great that the website encourages me to schedule the test.

If you didn’t get the score “Likely to pass”, go back to your GED prep course, and repeat things suggested by the GED Ready system. The biggest impact on your score will be if you improve your “reading for meaning” and time management skills.

If you get a “Likely to pass” score, go ahead and schedule the real GED Test. When you decide to do that, you will be asked a few questions. First of all, What is your preferred language for the exam?

You can choose English or Spanish, then choose a subject, and then you will be choosing a Testing Center near you (based on the address you have in your account), then you will be asked to choose a date, and lastly, you will need to pay for the test. The GED test for one subject costs $32 in my state, in other states, it might be slightly different.

So, that’s it.

I would highly recommend taking the GED Ready test before you will sign up for the real GED test. It gives you peace of mind and shows you what to expect. Even if you don’t get a “Likely to pass” score, you will save not only $26 but a lot of stress and a possible decrease in motivation.

To summarize, take a look at this comparison of the GED Ready Practice test and the GED test.

GED Ready Practice Test

Real GED Test

Can be taken online Can be taken only in person
Indicates if you can pass the real GED test If you pass the four modules, you get your GED Diploma
Fee $6 per subject Fee around $30 per subject (in most states)
Takes 35-90 minutes to complete depending on the subject Takes 70-180 minutes to complete depending on the subject test
Not available on mobile devices Only available at official GED testing centers

There are four separate GED subtests that (in most states) must be successfully taken within a two-year time frame. The testing fields are Mathematical Reasoning (Math), Reasoning through Language Arts (Literacy), Science, and Social Studies. More information about what GED stands for can be found here.

The passing score on each GED sub-test is 145 out of a possible 200. Scoring occurs on a scale that runs from 100 to 200 points.

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