Beyond the “now” to the “know”

“I have ALWAYS struggled in school. I just don’t think I can do this.”

“I work nights. I can’t attend regular education classes.”

“I’m 65 years old. Do I even have a chance?”

“I just need help!”

Real quotes from real students. Sound familiar? These feelings and thoughts sound common and hit home because they remind us we are not alone. Everyone has to start somewhere and everyone has their own hang-ups and struggles. But when it comes to your high school equivalency, the truth is it’s not as hard as you think. 

No matter your age, current ability level or previous school experience, knowing how to attack your exam with a clear plan will arm you with the tools you need to succeed.  After all, don’t they say knowing is half the battle? Check out these test prep suggestions from one of our educators:

Step 1: Know What You’re Looking For

Whenever the test gives you a reading or a picture, skip ahead and read the questions first. The questions will tell you what to look for. You’ll be able to focus your attention and find the answers quicker.

Step 2: Don’t Look for Tricks or Traps

There are no trick questions on the test. An HSE test is designed to be clear and easy to understand. Don’t spend time looking for a hidden meaning or a loophole. If an answer seems obvious, then it’s probably correct.

Step 3: Try the Question Before Looking at the Answer Choices

When you read a question, think about it without looking at the answer choices. When you come up with an answer, you’ll know for certain that it’s correct if you see it among the choices listed. If your answer isn’t listed, you’ll need to look at the question again.

Step 4: Eliminate Wrong Answers

If you’re unsure about which answer is correct, start by eliminating wrong answers. Narrowing down your choices makes it easier to figure out the correct answer. When you’re choosing between two answers instead of four, you’re more focused.

Step 5: Know How to Guess

Guessing is not just picking an answer at random. Use logic to figure out which answer is likely correct, even if you’re unsure. Focus on keywords and phrases. Estimate. Compare answers to one another. These techniques can improve the quality of your guessing.

Interested in more testing tips, motivators, and helpful suggestions? Check out our Live Coaching Sessions today!

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