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Test Prep Center


GEA Test Prep

The GEA Test Prep Blackboard Community provides electronic resources to help students prepare for the General Education Assessment (GEA). Whether you need general suggestions about preparing for the GEA for the first time or need additional practice before a retake, the GEA Test Prep Blackboard course can help. Students will learn what to expect, see FAQs, practice sample questions and effectively prepare for their exam. 


Retaking the GEA 

Students retaking the GEA will need to complete a series of test prep modules in our GEA Test Prep Blackboard course. This is a free Blackboard course. Students can self-enroll in the community through their UCM Blackboard. Completion of required items will be shared with Testing Services. 

The Learning Commons has GEA tutors who can provide additional assistance in reading comprehension, writing skills, and math. Students can schedule one on one sessions with GEA subject tutors by contacting the Learning Commons directly. Appointments should only be scheduled after working in Blackboard. Tutoring sessions do not replace the Blackboard course.


GEA Resources

How do I enroll in the GEA Test Prep Blackboard Community?

The GEA Test Prep Community is a free course available to all UCM students. 

  1. Login to Blackboard using the UCM Single Sign-ON.
  2. Select Organizations from the Bb menu on the left-hand side of your screen.
  3. Click on the Organization Catalog in the upper left-hand corner of your screen.
  4. Type GEA for the name of the Community/Organization you are looking for in the search box. Then select Go.
  5. Click on the chevron next to the course 30_AcademicSupportService_1910 or GEA Test Prep. Select Enroll from the dropdown menu. This is a free course.
  6. Select Submit on the next screen.
  7. You are now ready to start working in your GEA Test Prep Blackboard Community.

Directions with screencasts are available here. 

I am retaking the GEA. What are the REQUIRED items in the Blackboard Community?

Students retaking the GEA will  need to complete required items in each reading comprehension, writing, and math. Check the box next to "Mark Reviewed"  when each item is completed. These modules represent the minimum amount of preparation needed to retake the GEA. Once all of the REQUIRED items have been completed, students will need to pass the GEA Test Prep Assessment with a 70%.  This assessment is the final step of the GEA Test Prep Blackboard course. It does not replace the GEA. Once complete, students will have finished the REQUIRED GEA tutorials. 


  • Introduction Video
  • GEA Reading Comprehension Strategies
  • GEA Reading Passage and Questions
  • GEA Writing Tutorial
  • GEA Writing Practice
  • GEA Math Tutorial
  • GEA Math Strategies
  • GEA Test Prep Assessment 

GEA Tutoring

GEA tutoring sessions are for students who have already worked in their Blackboard community and are looking for additional help. Students can schedule appointments to work with our GEA Reading Comprehension, Writing, and Math tutors for individualized test review. GEA tutoring is available by appointment only

Additional GEA Practice Resources

Students can work through practice problems in Reading Comprehension, Writing, and Math using the Learning Express Library. These materials will provide practice content that may be included in the GEA. Students will need to set-up an account to access test prep materials.

  1. If this is your first time using the Learning Express Library, you will need to Register. Create an account using your UCM student email address. You do not need to enter a student # or Course Section #. 
  2. Select the “College Students” option from the main LearningExpress Library screen.
  3. To practice for the GEA, select either “Math Skills Review,” “Reading Skills Review,” or “Grammar and Writing Skills Review” to get started. There are several sections of content under each review area. 
  4. It is recommended that students complete the following sections:
  5. Math Skills Review- one Algebra Practice exam
  6. Grammar and Writing Skills Review - one Writing exam
  7. Reading Skills Review - one exam each in Informational Reading, Literacy Reading, and General Reading
  8. Students can utilize all of the resources in the Learning Express Library for additional practice.


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