The Best Test Preparation for the High School Equivalency Diploma, for the New GED, General Educational Development

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Research & Education Association, Mar 26, 2002 - Study Aids - 944 pages
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Master the GED and get your high school equivalency diploma... Our test experts show you the right way to prepare for this important test. REA’s latest GED edition examines all subject areas to be found on the exam including in-depth coverage of the GED’s essay test. The comprehensive review covers every possible exam topic: Language Arts/Writing, Language Arts/Reading, Social Studies, Science, and Math. Features 3 full-length practice exams. Each practice exam question is fully explained to help you better understand the subject material. Use the book’s appendix and index for speedy look-ups and smarter searches.

Follow up your study with REA’s proven test-taking strategies and study schedule that get you ready to master the GED.

DETAILS
- Comprehensive review of every subject to appear on the GED exam: Language Arts/Writing, Language Arts/Reading, Social Studies, Science, and Math
- Flexible study schedule tailored to your needs
- Packed with proven test tips, strategies and advice to help you master the GED
- 3 full-length practice GED exams. Each exam question is answered with easy-to-follow, easy-to-grasp explanations to allow for greater understanding of each problem.
- Fully indexed for quicker and smarter searches.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
ABOUT RESEARCH & EDUCATION ASSOCIATION
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
CHAPTER 1 - INTRODUCTION
About this Book
About the Test
How to Use this Book
Format for the GED
About the Review Sections
Scoring the Exam
GED Essay Scores
Scoring Worksheet
Studying for the GED
Requirements for Issuance of Certificate/Diploma
GED Test-Taking Tips
The Day of the Test
GED Study Course Schedule
CHAPTER 2 - LANGUAGE ARTS: WRITING REVIEW
Part I Review
Writing I Strategies
Review of Standard Written English
Capitalization
Punctuation
Spelling and Word Usage
Part II Review
The Essay Test
Why Essays Exist
Essay Strategies
Pre-Writing/Planning Time
Writing Your Rough Draft
Revising, Editing, and Proofreading
CHAPTER 3 - SOCIAL STUDIES REVIEW
Social Studies Topics
U.S. History
Economics
Political Science
Geography
CHAPTER 4 - SCIENCE REVIEW
Strategies for Science Sections
Biology
Chemistry
Earth Science
Physics
CHAPTER 5 - LANGUAGE ARTS: READING REVIEW
Language Arts: Reading Topics
Reading Prose
Reading Poetry
Reading Drama
Reading Commentary
CHAPTER 6 - MATH REVIEW
Strategies for Math Sections
Arithmetic
Algebra
Geometry
PRACTICE EXAMS
EXAM I
Answer Key
Detailed Explanations of Answers
EXAM II
Answer Key
Detailed Explanations of Answers
EXAM III
Answer Key
Detailed Explanations of Answers
APPENDIX
ANSWER SHEETS
INDEX

EXCERPT

About Research & Education Association
Research & Education Association (REA) is an organization of educators, scientists, and engineers specializing in various academic fields. Founded in 1959 with the purpose of disseminating the most recently developed scientific information to groups in industry, government, high schools, and universities, REA has since become a successful and highly respected publisher of study aids, test preps, handbooks, and reference works.

REA’s Test Preparation series includes study guides for all academic levels in almost all disciplines. Research & Education Association publishes test preps for students who have not yet completed high school, as well as high school students preparing to enter college. Students from countries around the world seeking to attend college in the United States will find the assistance they need in REA’s publications. For college students seeking advanced degrees,

REA publishes test preps for many major graduate school admission examinations in a wide variety of disciplines, including engineering, law, and medicine. Students at every level, in every field, with every ambition can find what they are looking for among REA’s publications.

While most test preparation books present practice tests that bear little resemblance to the actual exams, REA’s series presents tests that accurately depict the official exams in both degree of difficulty and types of questions. REA’s practice tests are always based upon the most recently administered exams, and include every type of question that can be expected on the actual exams.

REA’s publications and educational materials are highly regarded and continually receive an unprecedented amount of praise from professionals, instructors, librarians, parents, and students. Our authors are as diverse as the fields represented in the books we publish. They are well-known in their respective disciplines and serve on the faculties of prestigious high schools, colleges, and universities throughout the United States and Canada.

Chapter 1: INTRODUCTION

ABOUT THIS BOOK
This book provides you with an accurate and complete representation of the Tests of General Educational Development (GED). REA’s three full-length practice tests are based on the latest editions of the GED tests, which were overhauled for 2002. Our topical reviews and drills are designed to prepare you for the very kind of material you will see when taking the actual test. You are allowed 7 hours and 5 minutes to complete each of our sample tests. That’s the same amount of time you will be given during the actual exam. (Don’t panic! The actual exam is usually administered during two or three sittings over a period of two days. Check with your state’s department of education for information on GED test centers, test times, and test dates.) Our sample tests have been carefully calibrated to match the GED’s level of difficulty, format, and content. Following each model test you will find an answer key along with detailed explanations designed to help you master the material and score high.

ABOUT THE TEST

Who takes the test and what is it used for?
The GED is taken by people who did not complete their high school education and would like to obtain a state-issued high school diploma. The diploma is awarded upon successful completion of the five GED tests. Candidates may choose to take the GED to fulfill requirements for admission to colleges or other schools, to further their careers, or even just for the sake of self-satisfaction. The GED is taken by nearly 800,000 people every year.

Who administers the test?
The GED is developed and administered by the GED Testing Service of the American Council on Education (ACE). Questions for the GED are created by writers and reviewers who are experienced in secondary or adult education. They follow standardized procedures, developed by the GED Testing Service, to ensure that the content and difficulty levels are appropriate. According to the American Council on Education, the writers and reviewers represent a wide variety of ethnic groups and are selected from many geographic areas. All questions are reviewed by a number of people, revised as necessary, and then are standardized based on a nationally selected sample of graduating high school seniors.

When and where is the test given?
The GED is administered on a regular basis in the United States and Canada. To accommodate all candidates, there are many versions of the exam, including administrations in English, French, Spanish, Braille, large print, and on audiotape.

To receive information on upcoming administrations of the GED, contact your local high school, adult school, GED Testing Center, or the GED Testing Service at:

1-800-62 MY GED (1-800-626-9433) or

General Educational Development
GED Testing Service
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About the author (2002)

Scott Cameron, M.S., is the Science Department chair at San Marino High School, San Marino, Calif.

Janet G. Emmons, Ed.M., is an English instructor at McCullough High School, The Woodlands, Texas.

Mel Friedman, M.S., a former high school teacher and test-item writer for major U.S. testing agencies, is Lead Mathematics Editor at Research & Education Association.

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