Testy

It has been a week and a half since I took the GED test, and to be perfectly honest, I haven’t felt antsy while waiting for the results at all. I knew I had done my best, that it was out of my hands, and that I had a 3-4 week wait ahead of me…

Except….

Yesterday afternoon I stopped by our mailbox on the way to get some groceries and pulled out an envelope from the college at which I took the test. I blinked at it for a few moments, convinced it was just a “thank-you” letter, or a confirmation that they’d sent my results, or something like that. I carefully opened the envelope and peeked inside. I saw the words “Official GED Test Results” and my breath caught in my throat.

My results. Damn.. That was fast.

I took a deep breath, pulled the paper from the envelope and stared at it for a few seconds. I closed my eyes and slowly opened the tri-folded document. Cringing, I opened my eyes and searched for the mark that would tell me if I’d passed or not. My eyes fell on two little boxes that read: Passed, Not Passed.

My X was in the Passed box.

I PASSED. I did it!

I started laughing and did a little car dance (you know, when you want to dance when you’re in the car but you can’t really dance because you’re sitting down so you just sort of wiggle and flail your arms? No? Just me? Okay then). I abandoned my plans to grocery shop and instead, went out for a celebratory dinner with my family.

It’s a strange feeling, knowing that this big, intimidating thing that I’ve been avoiding for eleven years is now behind me. I’ve already scheduled my next step; a meeting with an adult education program to begin filling out financial aid paperwork so I can look into enrolling in college – maybe as early as this coming Spring.

Thank you all for your support. It has meant the world to me. You all have been my cheerleaders, and every single word of encouragement has boosted my confidence and made me smile. Thank you.

The GED Test – An Update.

It’s over. Six hours, two #2 pencils, and one wicked case of writer’s cramp later, my GED test is over. I did it. I filled in more little bubbles than I care to think about, wrote a five-paragraph essay, bought some cheap cafeteria food and breathed a sigh of relief when it was all said and done.

And now, I wait. I wait for three to four weeks to find out if I passed my test. I am relatively sure that I will. The only part of the test that I’m worried about is the math. I’m still terrible at math, and had to guess on a fair amount of questions. We will see what happens once I get my results. Luckily if I fail one part, I only have to take that part over rather than the whole damn test. I’m not worried about the other sections.

The next step is to fill out my financial aid paperwork and see what kind of aid I can get. After that, I’ll enroll in college in the Spring. I have no freaking clue what I’m going to study or where the experience will take me, but I feel like I have cleared the biggest hurdle – the one that’s had me jogging in place for eleven years. The GED test is officially behind me and now that it’s done, what’s left is a wide open road that could lead to a hundred different paths. And that is pretty awesome.

The GED Test

It’s been awhile since my last GED update post. In that post, I mentioned how the Fast Track class went (spoiler: it went fine except I have the math skills of a fifth grader. NOT KIDDING.).

The next step after Fast Track was the Official Practice Test. It was around four hours long, which sucked. I got lucky and instead of having to take the test the old-fashioned way (book and paper, filling in those goddamned little bubbles), I got to take it on a computer. Instead of having to take the same part of the test as everyone else, I was free to pick the order in which I completed each part. I wasn’t restricted by time; if I finished a certain section earlier than the time allotted, I could go ahead and move on to the next section instead of having to wait. It was pretty great.

Anyway. I did one part of the English sections first. I was going to save math for last because I was dreading it so much, but I decided to go ahead and get it out of the way while my brain was still relatively fresh and un-fried from test-taking.

Turns out that was a good idea, because by the time I got to the last test I was just like BE DONE BE DONE MY BRAIN IS BURNING.

Four hours of testing will do that to you.

I got my results that day. In order to qualify to take the official GED test, I had to score a minimum of 610 points in each section. I got a perfect score in my essay writing, high scores in everything else, and as for the math?

I got a 670. A whole 60 points higher than the minimum score requirement! I was honestly floored. And ecstatic. I had passed! Not only had I passed, but I passed the math by a relatively decent amount!

I got all my paperwork together to register for the test and was on my way to the local community college to secure my spot.

Tomorrow, I go for my official GED test. It’s an eight hour test, and I’m really nervous about it. I’m not worried about any other part of the test but the math. It’s been a few weeks since I took my practice test, and I really hope that everything I crammed inside my brain has stuck around for the real test. I was going to use my few weeks to study, but I never ended up doing that. Whoops. If worst comes to worst, I’ll fail the math and have to re-take that part only. Best case scenario? I pass, and will be able to enroll in college in the Spring.

Wish me luck, friends. Tomorrow I take a big step into my future!