If your answer is "not very", and you haven't been to the GED Testing Service's website, you might want to take a look at the eight-week program they've designed for "busy educators who need or want the flexibility to direct their own learning and learn at their own pace", with the goal of assisting teachers "in organizing and applying the wealth of information available published by the GED Testing Service about the new GED test" in their classrooms.
While the program claims you can learn at your own pace, it suggests setting aside 4-6 hours a week for the course (if you want to get through it in eight weeks), which is organized into four two-week sections.
- Weeks 1 & 2: Reasoning Through Language Arts
- Weeks 3 & 4: Mathematical Reasoning
- Weeks 5 & 6: Science
- Weeks 7 & 8: Social Studies
The program breaks down each two-week section even further with helpful action items designed to help you better comprehend its content. You'll be directed to:
- Focus: Start by picking the content area for the week. Don't jump around, stick to one section and work through it until it's finished.
- Read: Devote time to reading each week's assignment. If you make it through quicker than you expected, try reading the bonus content before you jump to the next section.
- Engage: Each section has a webinar associated with it. Find it according to the week you're on, and watch it. Also, download and read the Assessment Guide for Educators, in which the GED Testing Service explains the reasoning behind new items on the test, rubrics, measures, and more.
- Discuss: With your fellow educators (the program suggests you tackle it in a group), go over the material. Discuss strategies for teaching each subject, and clarify with each other anything questionable.
- Practice: The guide will give you real-life applications for the material that you can bring into the classroom. Brainstorm ways to integrate them into your curriculum.
- Reflect: Take some time to review what you've learned.
Working through each content area by following those six action items should end with, according to the GED Testing Service, you gaining "additional knowledge and understanding that benefits both you and your students." How much additional knowledge? We're not sure. We haven't been through the program ourselves, and outside of Learning Academies, we don't know how you've been preparing individually. That being said, when you prepare for an exam, isn't it your best bet to use the study materials put together by the people who have a hand in making it? Try out a section or two. A little more information can't hurt, even if it's a bit redundant.
If you've made it through the course and would like to comment on its usefulness, please do so below in the "comments" section. We'd love to hear from you.
More information about the Teacher's Guide to the 2014 GED Test
Download the Teacher's Guide to the 2014 GED Test
Visit the GED Testing Service's website