Resources For GED Takers

Resources For GED Takers

There are many reasons why adult learners view obtaining a General Education Development or GED credential as a challenge. These challenges may vary from time constraints and scheduling problems to the cost of transportation, and classes, and even the cost of childcare. However, there are many available resources students can rely on when it comes to taking the GED, and these are readily available for those who are willing to seek them out.

The most readily available resource is an online help service for students. The PassGED was created to offer a free resource guide for aspiring GED students to get no-cost or low-cost learning materials and community support. There is a lot of free information, test and study guides, contact information as well as financial aid for an online GED program.

Another resource is your very own public library which would have study guides and lesson plans that you can borrow, and depending on your library, may also have videos and CD ROM study courses that can be loaned. Different libraries offer different services, some offer online courses, some offer free adult learning programs, others offer storytelling sessions for children while the parents attend classes, while others even sponsor free GED classes and adult education programs.

The next resource would be American Council on Education. GED Testing Service as this organization offers free and official information on testing sites, learning plans, costs, GED scores and transcripts. The official testing center at your state would give you additional information on resources, and support that you can get and will steer you away from obtaining learning guides and diplomas from unofficial establishments.

Aspiring students can also go to the local community college as most of these institutions offer free GED classes or basic skills as applicable to a GED program. You may also check the community college Financial Aid Office and Student Support Office if the program being offered is not free or not affordable for you.

Public School District or University may also offer continuing education and adult learning programs. These institutions are on the receiving end of various grants which may be used for sponsoring programs for adult learners.

If you are already employed, there is no harm in asking your employer or Human Resources Officer if they sponsor adult education programs or GED programs. The goal of having a GED credential is beneficial to both employer and employee as you both stand to gain with additional skills and knowledge from such a program. So it will not hurt to ask around.

Many communities offer support through subsidized childcare and transportation costs for students who are taking the GED. Local non-profit agencies, volunteer centers may also be an additional resource. Get information on classes, study guides and financial aid from your local volunteer center.

Some may also overlook the local branch of the State Unemployment Office, but this is also a good way to start as these offices may have the resources to fund programs related to job-training, job readiness and family support.

With all these resources available, getting a GED is easier and more accessible than ever.