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					                                      GED TEST OVERVIEW

The table below shows the number of questions and the time limit for each test. Any parts
you do not pass, you may take again.

                                                GED Test
                       Test Area                            Number of Questions   Time Limit
Language Arts, Writing, Part I                                      50            75 minutes
Language Arts, Writing, Part II                                   1 essay         45 minutes
Social Studies                                                      50            70 minutes
Science                                                             50            80 minutes
Language Arts, Reading                                              40            65 minutes
Mathematics Part I (may use Casio fx-260 calculator)               25            45 minutes
Mathematics Part II (no calculator)                                 25            45 minutes

To receive the GED certificate, you must earn both a minimum score of 410 on each test and
an average score of at least 450 on all 5 tests.

Calculators will be supplied by the GED Test Center.

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                                GED TEST TAKING TIPS

Before the test:
      Arrive 15 - 20 minutes before the scheduled test, so you can find the room and get yourself

      Bring the materials you need -- picture identification, two or three sharpened No. 2 pencils,
       an eraser, and a watch. Do NOT bring a cell phone to the testing room.

      Eat well beforehand, so hunger won't distract you during the test.

During the test:
      Always read the problem carefully to find the question it asks you to answer. Make sure your
       response answers that question.

      Answer every question on the test. If you are not sure, take your best guess.

      Make sure the answer you mark on the answer sheet matches the number of your answer

      Use the process of elimination to make the best guess when you are not sure of an answer:
       eliminate the answers you're sure are incorrect, then, choose from the remaining answers.

      Skip any problem you are having difficulty with and come back to it after you have
       completed the rest of the test if time permits. Remember, if you skip a question; be sure to
       skip the corresponding place on your answer sheet.

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                               TIPS ON EACH TEST SUBJECT AREA


Part 1: Writing Skills

       Read the entire passage before answering the questions on the editing section; this is
        especially important for organization questions.

       The Language Arts, Writing Test consists of two parts; In Part 1 there are 50 multiple-choice
        questions. These questions require you to revise and edit.

       The most-missed question types are organization and sentence structure.

        Organization: Restructure paragraphs or ideas within paragraphs, identify topic sentences and
        sentences that support the main idea, and arrange sentences in a logical sequence.

        Sentence Structure: Correct sentence fragments, run-on sentences, comma splices, improper
        coordination and subordination, misplaced modifiers, and lack of parallel structure.

       Remember that there may be some sentences that are written correctly and do not require a
        correction or revision as an answer.

Part 2: The Essay

       Read the question carefully and try to restate the essay topic and put it into your topic

       Draw on your personal experience and observations of the world for examples and details to
        explain your ideas.

       Keep refocusing on the topic as you write to be sure that your answer responds to the

       Use the five paragraph essay format.

       Revise your draft and pay close attention to content, organization and writing skills.

       Scores for Part I and Part 2 are combined and reported as a single score.

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                                                       Reading Tests

                                  Language Arts Reading, Science and Social Studies

                                    Language Arts, Reading

      To find the main idea of a passage read the first sentence, called the topic sentence, and
       sometimes the last sentence. The main idea is often stated at the beginning or end.

      Always differentiate main ideas from supporting details and facts from opinions.

      Detail questions starting with words like What, Where, Who...can often be found by looking
       back into the passage.

      Questions that begin with Why, or include words such as imply or conclude. require you to
       think about the passage as a whole and evaluate the information.

      Try this preview technique to improve comprehension on the first reading:
           1. Read the title.
           2. Read the first sentence and last sentence.
           3. Scan the questions.
           4. Read the full passage and answer the questions.

                            Science and Social Studies Graphics

      Read each passage carefully and study the charts, diagrams, and graphs before you answer the

      For all questions with graphics try this preview technique:

           1.   Always read the titles and labels on first
           2.   Read the Key if there is one
           3.   Scan for the main idea
           4.   Read the question(s)
           5.   Return to the graphic for the information needed to answer
                the questions

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      Prepare in the most-missed math areas: graphs and charts, order of operations, notation
       (exponents), and reverse algebra.

      Use estimation to eliminate wrong choices. Use common sense to check if the answers are

      If a problem has more than one step, write down the result after each step. This will save you
       time if you have to go back and rework a step.

      Read measurement problems carefully to find out the measurement unit in which to express
       your answer.

      Make a quick sketch of any figure that is only described and not pictured; then label your

      Remember that maps, diagrams, and geometric figures may not be drawn to scale. Don't
       "eyeball" an answer; do the work.

      Use the formulas page whenever possible to set up problems involving simple interest,
       distance, cost, or geometric figures.

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