I’m scared!

Name: Brenna
Age: 16
City and State: Oregon

I always had trouble with math. It’s always affected me in school but now I want to get my GED and still get a nice paying job in my life. I left school because I didn’t like going to math class and getting teased for not knowing what 6 divided by 12 was, and now I have my final GED test coming up, and I don’t think I’m ready to take it. I’m scared and need some help.

I want to get my GED so I can get a job and help my mom raise my little sister, and so I can go to college and be a beautician, that’s my dream.

The one thing that would help me get my dream is me passing my GED to make my family proud for the first time.


Don’t get discouraged by the math test. Most of the students who come to The GED Academy are motivated by math. That’s the subject that’s most likely to give people trouble. That’s why we made sure to design a math program that takes you slowly, step by step, through all the math on the GED. Whether you use our program or not, one thing I know for sure: you can learn the math on the GED. You can pass the GED math.

The thing is, you need to take it one step at a time. Maybe you’re not ready now. That’s okay. Deep breath. The best way to know if you’re ready is to take a practice test. Look at your score. See how you do. No pressure, this is just to get you on the right track. But make a note of the questions that are tough for you, and make a note of the kind of mistakes that you made. Basic math errors because you were going too fast? Or are there some types of problems you just don’t know, or thought you knew but got wrong?

Go study and practice the types of problems you got wrong. Take your time, and spend a little bit of time on it every day… you’ll learn better studying a little bit every day. And find materials that make it easy. If your book is too hard, you won’t learn anything. Find a prep program or study materials that can explain it to you so you understand, and keep practicing until you’re really comfortable.

Lots of students succeed at the GED math test every year. Don’t be daunted. Take it one step at a time, and you’ll get there!

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8 thoughts on “I’m scared!

  1. I just took the math ged test and thought it was very easy!!! The reason why I dropped out of high school was because of math. I had the best teacher ever that helped me and got me ready for the test. I would recommend joining a ged prep class. I love math and taking the test. She made my selfsteem go high and now I’m going back to school to become a teacher. I use to get F’S when it came to math. All I recommend is truly study and give it some time. It took me 10 years to realize that I need my ged. I had a good job but it was my education that I wanted to improve

  2. Im absoultly nerves abouth taking the GED test. I plan to take my first test, which is the LA wrighting test; At the beging of Jun. 2009. Im finally ready. But I keep thinking “maybe I’ll fail”.

    • Sherita, it’s good that you’re talking about being nervous…. talking about it actually lets off some of the steam. Remember, you’ve done a lot to prepare for the test. Here are some tips to calm your nerves, so you’ll do your best. First, just realize that thinking “maybe I’ll fail” isn’t productive. If you go into it thinking, “I can nail this,” then you’re boosting your chance to succeed. So, psyche yourself up!

      The day before the test, don’t do any studying. You’re already prepared. Extra studying will cause stress, and you need to work on de-stressing and building confidence. Do something fun and relaxing, instead of worrying. The only thing you should do for the test is to get together everything you’ll need–any paperwork you need to bring, directions to the test site, No. 2 pencils, your identification, test payment. Call the test center if you don’t have a list of what to bring. Get a good night’s sleep the night before, so you’ll be well-rested.

      On test day, eat a good, healthy breakfast with some protein and carbohydrates. You can’t concentrate if you’re hungry! Don’t study, but do keep busy with relaxing activities, if you have some spare time. Leave for the test center with plenty of time to spare. You should have everything you need–and that includes the knowledge in your head. Have confidence in yourself. Banish all negative thoughts from your mind. They’re not helping. It’s the positive thoughts–why you deserve this, what you’ve accomplished to get here, everything you’ve done and everything you’re capable of–that you need to keep in mind. Just focus on being in the moment, taking the test itself, and you’ll be fine. If you find your mind racing with doubts, take a moment to close your eyes, take a breath, and get rid of those negative thoughts. You are ready to beat this challenge. Be sure to come back and let us know when you pass!

  3. hi,am 30 years old and i droped out of school when i was in 5th grade.i dont know if i can do the ged,really i want to it the most important thing for me is to study now. i need some one to tell me is it ok now to go on and do this. will i make it.please reply any one out there thanks.

  4. Im Yasvel and i dropped out of school because i could not pass my math proficincy test and i had so much stress i have been out of school for 7 months now and I feel like Im ready to get a GED but Im scared that I won’t pass the math part of the test and I feel that I need to pass it because its my only hope and I want to make my mom and dad proud and prove people wrong and show them that I could make it PLEASE HELP

  5. i wrote my ged last year i passed everything but math i wrote it again and still failed my math i want to write it againn but im nervous i wont pass and i really want to ,,ne suggestions

  6. I passed all the 4 ged tests exept math,…i want to pass it so bad with all that iam that iam willing to study & study & study til i do because iam not going to keep wasting my life and feeling like a failure……I WILL PASS THIS!…so will all of you who really want it..NEVER GIVE UP GUYS.

  7. I went to the G.E.D test prep but the math teacher was no help whatsoever. He gave me a book and left me on my own. I need support and someone to help motivate me. How do I find that help?

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