The GED stands for General Education Diploma. People who have not finished their high school education and who pass a high school equivalency test are awarded a GED. The test covers core academic material that is required of all high school graduates in the United States. Almost every job in the country requires that applicants possess, at minimum, a high school diploma or a GED. The test consists of five topics, which include reading, writing, social studies, math and science. GED study books are available on the Internet, at public libraries and from literacy organizations around the country.

Download the GED study guide from reliable Internet sources such as Study Guide Zone and

Borrow a copy of the most recent GED study guide from your local public library. Practice materials may also be available.

Call your local literacy council. Literacy councils usually provide free GED practice materials and free GED classes. Centers are staffed with volunteers and retired educators who can provide free materials and one-on-one tutoring for students who need extra help. Literacy councils can also advise prospective GED students about test-taking strategies.