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iApprove: GED for Free.

March 9, 2009

Setting aside the grammatical error (it’s not “for free”; free is not a quantity), I heartily approve of this site.

Education is serious business.  A good high-school diploma opens up a number of venues: job opportunities, college options… feh, that’s basically it.  If you want to pursue it further, you can get a degree, which creates even more business opportunities.  And since educated people are in demand, the more education you get, the more prospective employers will be willing to pay to have you on board.

But suppose you never graduated?

Fortunately for the rest of us – the dropouts, the homeschooled, the children of paranoid conspiracy-theorists who are convinced that children are being brainwashed to obey the government in public school – there is an option.  We can pay some money, take a state-issued test, and earn our GED certificate.

GED (General Educational Development) certificates let the government – and prospective employers – know that, despite our questionable educational background, we are in fact capable of functioning in all the major areas of education.  Not only can we prove that we are capable of performing practical mental tasks, but we can provide actual evidence to our snot-nosed state-schooled cousins that we did receive a decent education so they can shut up about it already.  In essence, it’s a diploma for those without (although in some cases it isn’t quite as good).

Unfortunately, my home education has been a bit… shall we say, less-than-stellar.

Not that I’m not smart.  Not that I can’t understand things like the Pythagorean theorem and cellular mitosis.  But my education has been pretty self-steered, so instead of diving deep into subjects that I didn’t really care for, I studied The Cartoon History of the Universe and developed advanced writing skills.  In addition, everything I have learned is pretty rusty… so I need to brush up.

That is where, 313 words into this document, GED for Free comes in.

Simply sign up at their site (a slightly scary process, but nothing too dangerous) and you get access to their educational database.  They provide information on each of the five test areas: Language Arts, Reading, Social Studies, Math, and Science.  Included is a general overview of each category, the different topics that each test will cover, and a practice test to let you get a feel for your mad skills.  If you need to brush up, it’s a simple (if slightly embarassing) matter of going back to a previous installment and reading it again.

I’m taking the course currently (as mentioned in a previous post) and it’s been pretty interesting so far.  For instance, I’ve learned that I’m already pretty good at writing five-point essays (though they’re a little shorter than what I’m used to).  I haven’t gotten to the science or math sections yet, though, and that’s where I’m really lacking, so there’s always the chance that it will get scarier.

Need good brush-up material for your GED?  Look no further than http://www.gedforfree.com

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