Practicing Basic Computer Skills for the GED Test

As of 2014, you no longer take the GED test using pencils and paper (unless you require a special accommodation), nor do you have to fill in the bubble answer sheets to mark your answers. Now you perform all the test activities on a computer. You use the mouse to select the correct answer, you use the keyboard to type up your Extended Response and Short Answer essays, and you even use the calculator and built-in formula sheet on-screen for the math and some science problems. Best of all, you get your results and a detailed breakdown of how you did within hours of completing the test.

Don’t worry: Even if you’re not familiar with using a computer, the test doesn’t require you to be either an expert typist or an expert computer user. The GED Testing Service assures that even amateur users of computers won’t be at any disadvantage in taking the test. However, it’s to your advantage to practice your computer skills before test day so your unfamiliarity with the keyboard or mouse doesn’t slow you down or frazzle you.

In this appendix, we walk you through the basic computer skills you need to know to take the computerized GED test. That includes using the mouse to click on the appropriate answer choice, to drag and drop items, or to manipulate text; getting familiar with the layout of the keyboard and some special keys you may need for typing in the basic word processor included on the test; and figuring out how to use the ...

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