General GED Test Information: GED Language Arts, Reading
Congratulations on your wise decision to take the General Educational Development examination—commonly known as the GED®. This decision shows that you have made some determination to advance yourself in life, to improve your education, and to widen your career choices. Perhaps you have decided to head to college to study some field that will open up new career opportunities. Or perhaps you want to advance in your present career, but need to establish your educational credentials first. These are the two most common reasons for taking the GED, but there are many others—setting a good example for your children, finding greater satisfaction in life, and so forth.
About GED Language Arts, Reading
Whatever your reason for taking the GED, you have made the right first step: picking up this book to prepare for success. As you work through the following chapters, you will learn all that you need to know to master the Language Arts, Reading section of the GED. We will show you strategies for studying, explain techniques for greater reading comprehension, and explain in detail the various types of literature and questions that you will encounter on the test. Then, you can test yourself in advance with our practice tests to pinpoint the areas where you might need more work. But the book is only as good as the use you make of it, so familiarize yourself with what is inside this book and how it is organized.
GED Test Overview
The General Educational Development (GED) exams are your key to unlocking a better future. A GED certification will open the doors to higher education, better jobs, higher pay, greater respect and prestige—it will open doors that may be locked against you at present. In fact, your decision to take the GED exam may prove to be one of the most significant decisions of your life.
And you're not alone in that decision: In 2005, more than 680,000 people took the test in the United States alone.
The fact that you are reading this book indicates that you are serious about your plans, and serious about taking—and passing—the GED examination. This book is the tool that you need to succeed on the Language Arts, Reading section of the GED. It will teach you the study skills needed to prepare for the exam, the specific information that you need to understand various types of literature, strategies that will help you immensely in both studying for the test and taking it, and several practice exams to test yourself in advance.
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