Getting my GED so I can go to college

by noni1974 23 Replies latest jw friends

  • noni1974

    I've been trying to get my GED for a few months now. I bought some books and have been working through them on my own. I came to a road block working on my own, and I decided to go for free classes offered by my local school district. I signed up for them this past Tuesday. The first thing they do is test you to see where you are. I did that Tuesday. I went back the next day to take more in depth tests to see where I need the help most. I passed those tests with a good enough score to take the pretests for the GED. They give those tests to see if you could pass the GED test. They won't send you to take the GED test without them. I passed the pre GED tests with flying colors. They look for a score of over 410 in all the tests before they let you move on the the actual GED test. I got 680 on both reading and social studies, I got a 580 on science, I got a 600 on writing, and a 490 on math. I finished the pretests Thursday night.

    I got the ok to take the GED tests next week. I know I'm weak on math so after I take the test and pass it I can go back and work on my math skills as a "transitional" student until I can go to college in the summer. I have to take a entrance exam to get into college. The GED test is a 10 hour exam, given over 2 days. If I pass all the tests with a higher then 410 I will have the equivalent to a high school diploma.

    I never expected to get this far this fast. I expected to be in classes for a few months to work on my math skills. I tried this process about 12 years ago, and I was in class for a few weeks when I just got bored and stopped going. I've come a long way since then I guess. I've been working very hard on this. I should know in a few weeks if I passed all the tests. The only one I'm worried about is math. I can retake the math portion if I need to. It's an additional 10.00 to retake a portion of the test if needed.

    I don't know for sure what I want to study yet in college. I'm hoping to find something I like and will be good at. I am planning on talking to my local community college after I pass the tests.

  • EmptyInside

    Good for you. All the best to you in your new endeavor.

  • JRK

    You go, girl! Keep working at it, and you will have your degree in no time.


  • shopaholic

    Very excited for you and all the possibilities that lie ahead.

  • Nathan Natas
    Nathan Natas


    It takes courage to make a change for the better, and you've got that courage.

    Your courage and determination will continue to bring you success.

  • restrangled

    Good for you Noni! You sound determined and focused. When you get your GED, don't forget about looking into attending college on line. There are some good threads here on JWD about it. Also look in to FASFA. If you meet the criteria, the Federal government pays for a good portion of your BA. It's laborious to fill out, but once done you just have to update it each year, your school of choice receives the information, and is paid directly by the Feds. This type of grant is not taxable and not a loan.

    Best wishes for your continued success!


  • aSphereisnotaCircle

    After exiting the JW's I had to get my GED to continue school too.

    I did the pre tests and like you, my only weak point was math.

    Which was kind of funny because I was alwasy good in math and had been working as a book keeper for years!

    So I studied a little math and passed with no problems.

    Then at the age of 35, with two kids, an x-husband and an x-religion I was the proud owner of a high school diploma.

    Good Luck Noni, your on your way!

  • no more kool aid
    no more kool aid

    Noni, good for you. This probably will be the toughest part for you, once you have the ball rolling you will notice nothing is as hard as just getting started. Keep going! Let us know how your college classes go. NMKA

  • jamiebowers

    Congrats and good luck. If you passed the pre-tests, I doubt you should have any worries with the GED test. I actually scored weak on the pre-test for math, skipped the classes, (because my jw husband threw a fit about me going), and went on to pass on the first try on all parts of the GED test. Then I started out at Tri-C and finished at Kent State University. You'll do well, I'm certain!

  • noni1974

    I plan on going to Tri C Jamie. I don't know what I want to do yet. I know I want a good paying job out of it. I may try to go for some kind of business or office related 2 year degree. Who knows yet. I kind of like several programs they have there. I may try a 2+2 course. I could end up at Cleveland State eventually.

    I know one thing. I need help with some basic math. I was never good at math in school. When I was 10 years old we moved from Florida to Cleveland and the gap between school systems was huge. I was so far behind in math it wasn't funny. I never caught up, or caught on. I was in the 4th grade when we moved. In Cleveland they were doing fractions, and my old school system was not even close to teaching that yet. I was never offered tutoring, or help of any kind really. I was always a really good reader well above my grade level when tested every year. My teachers just thought I was lazy. I wasn't lazy I just didn't understand. I'm not stupid so a little tutoring, and some one on one help would have helped me a lot.

    Tri C offers a basic math class. I know I'll be signing up for that. I might have to take general courses the first semester just to help me get up to speed.

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