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Preparing for the GED

College/Career Expert Advice from Carol Carter

Q: My daughter needs help passing her GED. She dropped out of school because she didn't understand the work in high school. If she stayed, she would have taken tenth grade over for the third time. She's taken the GED once and failed. Can you help us? I'm afraid she'll never get out of school.

A: I would recommend a test-prep book on the GED, which you can buy in any bookstore. I have co-authored a book called Keys to College Studying that would also help her to build her reading, writing, test-taking, and critical-thinking skills. After she has worked through a couple of books, she should be in a much better position to pass the test. You may even want to have her take an additional reading course at the local library or for no credit at your local community college.

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Carol Carter is the author of many books on college and career planning. She is the cofounder of Lifeskills, Inc., a nonprofit organization that encourages high-school students to explore their goals, career options, and the real world through part-time work and internships. She also gives workshops around the country on career exploration and other issues directly related to helping students succeed in college, career, and life.


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