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GED Test For Dummies: with Online Practice, 3rd Edition

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Score higher on the GED with this book + online practice

If you're preparing for this all-important exam, GED Test For Dummies with Online Practice gets you up and running on everything you can expect on test day, from overviews of the test sections to invaluable reviews and test-taking strategies for all the subjects covered—and everything in between.

In the book, you'll find hands-on, digestible information for navigating your way through the Language Arts/Reading and Writing Tests, Social Studies Test, Mathematics Test, and Science Test. Whether you're looking to perfect your grammar and punctuation skills, get familiar with the types of fiction and nonfiction passages you'll encounter, take the fear out of math and science, put the social in your studies, or answer multiple-choice questions with confidence, this unintimidating guide makes it easy to score higher and pass this vital exam.

The accompanying online experience helps you further your skills by providing practice questions with answers and full explanations

  • This new edition has been fully updated to reflect the latest version of the GED

  • Includes 2 full-length practice tests with detailed answer explanations and walkthroughs.

  • Offers clear overviews of all the topics covered on the GED

  • Includes special considerations if English is your second language

  • It's all at your fingertips! Prepare for the test, improve your chances of success, and increase your earning power and job prospects with the help of GED Test For Dummies with Online Practice

    Table of Contents

      1. Introduction
        1. About This Book
        2. Foolish Assumptions
        3. Icons Used in This Book
        4. Beyond the Book
        5. Where to Go from Here
      2. Part I: Getting Started with the GED Test
        1. Chapter 1: Taking a Quick Glance at the GED Test
          1. What to Expect: The New Testing Format
          2. Reviewing the Test Sections
            1. Reasoning through Language Arts test
            2. Social Studies test
            3. Science test
            4. Mathematical Reasoning test
          3. It’s a Date: Scheduling the Test
            1. Determining whether you’re eligible
            2. Knowing when you can take the test
            3. Signing up
            4. Working with unusual circumstances
          4. Taking the GED Test When English Is Your Second Language
          5. Figuring Out What You Have to Score to Pass the GED Test
            1. Identifying how scores are determined
            2. Knowing what to do if you score poorly on one or more tests
        2. Chapter 2: Examining the Ins and Outs of the New Computerized GED Test
          1. Familiarizing Yourself with the Computer
            1. Typing on the keyboard
            2. Clicking and dragging with the mouse
          2. Recognizing What the Questions Look Like on the Computer Screen
            1. Reasoning through Language Arts test
            2. Social Studies test
            3. Science test
            4. Mathematical Reasoning test
        3. Chapter 3: The GED Test’s Four Sections and You
          1. Examining the Reasoning through Language Arts Test
            1. The reading section
            2. The writing section
          2. Handling the Social Studies Test
          3. Knowing How to Grapple the Science Test
          4. Conquering the Mathematical Reasoning Test
        4. Chapter 4: Succeeding on the GED Test
          1. Leading Up to Test Time
          2. Using Practice Tests to Your Advantage
          3. Finding Out What to Take to the GED Test
          4. Making Sure You’re Comfortable before the Test Begins
          5. Discovering Important Test-Taking Strategies
            1. Watching the clock: Using your time wisely
            2. Evaluating the different questions
            3. Addressing and answering questions
            4. Guess for success: Using intelligent guessing
            5. Leaving time for review
          6. Keeping Your Head in the Game
      3. Part II: Minding Your Ps and Qs: The Reasoning through Language Arts Test
        1. Chapter 5: Preparing for the Reasoning through Language Arts Test
          1. Grasping What’s on the Grammar and Writing Component
            1. Looking at the skills the grammar and writing component covers
            2. Understanding the format of the grammar and writing component
          2. Rocking the Reading Comprehension Component
            1. Looking at the skills the reading component covers
            2. Understanding the format of the reading component
            3. Identifying the types of passages and how to prepare for them
          3. Examining the Extended Response Item
            1. Looking at the skills the Extended Response covers
            2. Understanding the Extended Response format
            3. Preparing to succeed on the Extended Response
          4. Preparing for the RLA Test with Tactics That Work
            1. Developing skills to read well
            2. Navigating text to comprehend
        2. Chapter 6: RLA Question Types and Solving Strategies
          1. Tackling Items in the Writing Component
            1. Mastering traditional multiple-choice questions
            2. Deciding on drop-down menu items
            3. Dealing with drag-and-drop items
            4. Filling the blank with the correct answer
          2. Choosing Wisely in the Reading Component
          3. Writing the RLA Extended Response
            1. Managing your time
            2. Putting together a winning essay
        3. Chapter 7: Working through Some Practice RLA Questions
          1. RLA Writing Skills Practice
            1. The questions
            2. The answers
          2. RLA Extended Response Practice
            1. A sample Extended Response prompt
            2. Evaluating your response
            3. Checking out a sample response
          3. RLA Reading Skills Practice
            1. The questions
            2. The answers
      4. Part III: Finding Your Way: The Social Studies Test
        1. Chapter 8: A Graph, a Map, and You: Getting Ready for the Social Studies Test
          1. Looking at the Skills the Social Studies Test Covers
          2. Understanding the Social Studies Test Format
            1. Checking out the subject areas on the test
            2. Identifying the types of passages
            3. Readying for the Extended Response
          3. Examining Preparation Strategies That Work
        2. Chapter 9: Social Studies Question Types and Solving Strategies
          1. Answering Questions about Text and Visual Materials
            1. Questions about text passages
            2. Questions about visual materials
          2. Acing the Question-Answer Portion of the Social Studies Test
            1. Choosing an answer from multiple choices
            2. Coming up with an answer for fill-in-the-blank questions
            3. Dragging and dropping answers where they belong
          3. Writing the Social Studies Extended Response
          4. Managing Your Time for the Social Studies Test
        3. Chapter 10: Getting Some Practice on Social Studies Questions
          1. Social Studies Practice Questions
          2. Answers and Explanations
      5. Part IV: Peering at Your Specimen: The Science Test
        1. Chapter 11: From Aardvarks to Atoms: Confronting the Science Test
          1. Looking at the Skills the Science Test Covers
          2. Understanding the Test Format and What Topics Are Covered
          3. Examining Preparation Strategies That Work
        2. Chapter 12: Science Question Types and Solving Strategies
          1. Tackling the Science Test Questions
            1. Questions about text passages
            2. Questions about visual materials
          2. Practicing with Sample Items
            1. Multiple-choice questions
            2. Fill-in-the-blank questions
            3. Drag-and-drop questions
            4. Drop-down menu questions
            5. Hot-spot questions
            6. Short Answer item
          3. Managing Your Time for the Science Test
        3. Chapter 13: Building Your Skills with Some Science Practice Questions
          1. Science Practice Questions
          2. Answers and Explanations
      6. Part V: Counting All the Possible Solutions: The Mathematical Reasoning Test
        1. Chapter 14: Safety in Numbers: Facing the Mathematical Reasoning Test
          1. Looking at the Skills the Math Test Covers
          2. Understanding the Test Format
          3. Revealing Some Helpful Prep Pointers
        2. Chapter 15: Mathematical Reasoning Question Types and Solving Strategies
          1. Perfecting Your Approach with Sample Problems
            1. Making the most of multiple-choice questions
            2. Providing the answer in fill-in-the-blank items
          2. Using the Mathematical Reasoning Test’s Special Features
            1. Solving questions with and without a calculator
            2. Refreshing your memory with the formula sheet
            3. Inserting special symbols
          3. Managing Your Time for the Math Test
        3. Chapter 16: Practicing Sample Mathematical Reasoning Problems
          1. Mathematical Reasoning Practice Questions
          2. Answers and Explanations
      7. Part VI: Putting Your Skills to the Test: GED Practice Test 1
        1. Chapter 17: Practice Test 1: Reasoning through Language Arts
          1. Reasoning through Language Arts Test
          2. The Extended Response
        2. Chapter 18: Answers for Practice Test 1, Reasoning through Language Arts
          1. Answers and Explanations
          2. Answer Key
        3. Chapter 19: Practice Test 1: Social Studies
          1. Social Studies Test
          2. The Extended Response
        4. Chapter 20: Answers for Practice Test 1, Social Studies
          1. Answers and Explanations
          2. Answer Key
        5. Chapter 21: Practice Test 1: Science
          1. Science Test
          2. Short Answer #1
          3. Short Answer #2
        6. Chapter 22: Answers for Practice Test 1, Science
          1. Answers and Explanations
          2. Answer Key
        7. Chapter 23: Practice Test 1: Mathematical Reasoning
          1. Mathematics Formula Sheet
          2. Mathematical Reasoning Test
        8. Chapter 24: Answers for Practice Exam 1, Mathematical Reasoning
          1. Answers and Explanations
          2. Answer Key
      8. Part VII: Getting More Test Practice: GED Practice Test 2
        1. Chapter 25: Practice Test 2: Reasoning through Language Arts
          1. Reasoning through Language Arts Test
          2. The Extended Response
        2. Chapter 26: Answers for Practice Test 2, Reasoning through Language Arts
          1. Answers and Explanations
          2. Answer Key
        3. Chapter 27: Practice Test 2: Social Studies
          1. Social Studies Test
          2. The Extended Response
        4. Chapter 28: Answers for Practice Test 2, Social Studies
          1. Answers and Explanations
          2. Answer Key
        5. Chapter 29: Practice Test 2: Science
          1. Science Test
          2. Short Answer #1
          3. Short Answer #2
        6. Chapter 30: Answers for Practice Test 2, Science
          1. Answers and Explanations
          2. Answer Key
        7. Chapter 31: Practice Test 2: Mathematical Reasoning
          1. Mathematics Formula Sheet
          2. Mathematical Reasoning Test
        8. Chapter 32: Answers for Practice Test 2, Mathematical Reasoning
          1. Answers and Explanations
          2. Answer Key
      9. Part VIII: The Part of Tens
        1. Chapter 33: Ten Surefire Ways to Prepare for the GED Test
          1. Selecting the Best-Possible Test Date
          2. Taking Practice Tests
          3. Studying Subject-Matter Books
          4. Enrolling in a GED Test Preparation Class
          5. Scheduling Time to Study
          6. Getting Familiar with the Computer
          7. Preparing for the Test in Your Mind
          8. Getting Good Rest the Week before the Test
          9. Making Sure You Have Proper Identification
          10. Practicing Your Route to the Test Site
        2. Chapter 34: Ten Ways to Survive Test Day
          1. Wear Comfortable Clothes
          2. Arrive to the Test Site Early
          3. Keep Conversations Light and Short
          4. Get Comfortable
          5. Relax and Breathe
          6. Stay Focused on the Task at Hand
          7. Look at Only Your Test
          8. Start with the Easy Questions
          9. Write Clearly and Carefully
          10. Do Your Best, No Matter What
        3. Chapter 35: Ten Ways to Use Your GED after You Pass the Test
          1. Getting a Job
          2. Being Promoted
          3. Showing Others What You Can Achieve
          4. Including Your GED in Your College Portfolio
          5. Proving You’re Ready for Further Education
          6. Setting an Example for Your Kids
          7. Enhancing Your Wall Décor
          8. Making You Feel like Part of a Select Group
          9. Motivating Yourself
          10. Improving Your Self-Esteem
      10. Appendix: Practicing Basic Computer Skills for the GED Test
        1. Using a Mouse
          1. Making selections
          2. Moving around the page
          3. Editing your text
          4. Using the calculator
          5. Finding math formulas and symbols
        2. Practicing Your Typing on a Keyboard
      11. About the Authors
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