* Name:* Brenna

*16*

**Age:***Oregon*

**City and State:**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.

Brenna,

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!