A Most Constructive Approach

You probably already know what the GED (and the two other HSE exams) are for--passing those exams qualifies you for HSE documentation that is equivalent to a high school diploma.

 NOTE:  The acronym HSE stands for high school equivalency. It is used here in deference to the two alternatives  to the traditional GED. However, it is difficult to simply sweep away seven decades of tradition where GED preparation was the sole pathway to a ... well ... a GED. There is a good chance that the name "GED" will continue to lead the parade of brands much as do "Scotch Tape" and "Saran Wrap." -- there are other brands of transparent adhesive tape and plastic wraps, but the dominance of the earliest brands become the common terminology for the products.

Ok. Now stop! Did you read that NOTE in the green box above?  Or did you skip over it because it was just a "note."  In this age of information, where we are exposed to incredible amounts of text and imagery, but successful people assume all pieces of information are potentially important until judged otherwise. If you read that NOTE above, if you read it carefully, and you understood what it is saying, you just passed your first GED & College Prep test. But not everyone has read the NOTE carefully and, indeed, are probably not reading this paragraph very closely either. The problem here at our site is that so many people bring along their old bad habits ... including the notion that reading is a burdensome chore that simply has to be gotten out of the way, with or without any comprehension. Those with that sort of mindset regard reading assignments as  check-off duties instead of opportunities to learn. Alas, you will find such people in your class, complaining that they don't understand what they are supposed be doing.

It is not the purpose of the program to "get" you a GED. That is your responsibility. Our purpose is to help you develop  your ability to learn, to think, to analyze, and to communicate on a level required by today's higher education and workplace. The HST credential is nothing more than a token of what you have learned and the priceless abilities you have acquired. That sets this program far apart from many others out there in today's online learning environment.

It is unfortunate that so many people who sign  up for this program have no idea what it means to learn, research, organize, and communicate. They arrive with preconceived notions of how education is supposed to work, and they often feel confused and upset that we aren't  doing things the way they imagine we should. Such people would feel far more comfortable if the program were more familiar and predictable, in spite of the fact that such a system didn't work very well for them in the past. Here is one example of someone assuming this program is the same old junk that let them down before:

 Case Study

Janet E. joined a GED & College Prep class about two weeks before the beginning of class. During that time, class members are encouraged to begin a reading assignment that involves reading one of a short list of American novels. Janet E. assumed she already knew now to write a book report and submitted her version before class actually began. It would have been wise  for her to wait until she learned how reading assignments and book reports should be handled in the context of 21st century learning, but she  proceeded to submit a "book report" that she cut-and-paste from a popular homework website. It's highly unlikely she ever read the book.

What did Janet learn? Nothing. What did she demonstrate? She clearly demonstrated her all-too-common view that learning is a simple-minded checklist chore created by simple-minded  people who just want to keep other people busy for several hours a day. As far  as this  GED & College Prep program is concerned, plagiarism is a personal moral/ethical issue. "Cheating" is the perpetrator's loss, not ours. It is not a threat to our integrity (as in traditional schools); it is just a waste of your time.

We don't play games--we build winners

I've gotten into this bit of a rant for a reason: Relax and do things our way--which is the way of responsible citizens who are already building their lives and careers in a new world. Ask for clarification? Of course. But please take some time to study and learn from instructions such as these. It's how things are done these days.

The HSEs (GED, and others) are rapidly evolving to meet the unique challenges of our time and of your future. The way we do things in this prep program reflects those changing views and standards. You will do yourself a great favor by dropping all notions about education that you have acquired, and work to adapt to the new realities we offer here.


How This Program Works

Schedule. There are 35 units  of study that cover the four basic parts of the HSE exams: math, language arts (both reading and writing) , science, and social science. Once the class begins, new assignments are available  on the class home page every Sunday morning, except the last Sunday of the month.

 NOTE:  The week beginning with the last Sunday of the month is know as our Administrative Week. There are no new assignments that week, giving you a chance to get caught up or, even better, a break from the workload. This is why a 35-unit program requires one calendar year to complete.

There are no holiday breaks.


Q: I am in class 1604. Exactly what does that number mean?
A: Class numbers indicate the year and month the class begins. Class 1604, for  example, started in the years 2016 and in the month of April (month 04)

While Waiting for Your Class to Start. You might have as many as 30 days or as few as 1 day to wait for the official start  of your class. If  you have at least a few days before your class begins, you should spend time with Unit 0 at the class home page. To get there:

  1. Go to the GED home page at http://ged.free-ed.net

  2. Click the button labeled Go to Your Class

  3. Select your class number from the list of current classes.

... and  there you are.

This is also a great  time to meet up and socialize  with your classmates. At this time, you might not realize how important such relationships can be. (No, we are not a dating service). It is possible to adjust how often you receive the e-mails, but we leave the instructions for you to find.

 NOTE:  Just as there are a few class members who have preconceived notions of how learning is supposed to take place, there are those who do not understand the importance of group activity and collaborative work. Collaboration and teamwork are realities of our time, and to prefer the role of a loner or "lurker" is to play to a weaknesses rather than a strength. (For example, you really shouldn't tell a prospective employer that you don't work well with others.)