Science Exam Tips and Strategies: GED Test Prep
In this article, you will briefly review some tips you can use on the GED Science Exam. Several tips apply to other sections of the GED as well.
NOW THAT YOU have reviewed the information you need to know, it's time to think about strategies you can use at test time. Throughout this chapter, you will review the structure of the GED Science Exam and learn specific tips you can use to improve your score. Read this chapter carefully, and then review your notes from the science section.
The good thing about multiple-choice questions is that the answer is right in front of you. All you need to do is find it, or at least eliminate some of the choices that are clearly wrong.
At times you may not be able to eliminate all four of the incorrect choices. But there is no penalty for guessing on the GED. If you can eliminate one of the wrong choices, you will have a 20% chance of guessing correctly, and that is still better than leaving it blank. The more choices you eliminate, the better chance you have of getting the question right.
When answering multiple-choice questions, make sure you have read the question carefully. Sometimes the question will ask you to choose a statement that is NOT true or find an exception to the rule.
Even when you think you have found the correct choice, quickly glance at the other choices to make sure that no other choice is better or more specific. Also check whether one of the choices is "All of the above." You may well have picked out a correct statement, but if the rest of the statements are also correct, the answer needs to be, "All of the above."
Types of Questions
Two types of questions appear on the GED Science Exam—conceptual understanding and problem-solving.
Conceptual understanding questions require you to read and understand the information provided or to recall basic knowledge you have acquired through prior schooling or everyday life. Read the question and information provided along with it carefully. Often, a question will ask you to restate what was already said or to make a generalization about the facts presented in a passage. By reading carefully, and making notes on a piece of scratch paper as you go along, you increase your chances of understanding the provided information correctly.
Problem-solving questions require you to apply what you have read or learned. As you are studying for the exam, when presented with a scientific fact, such as "energy can be converted from one form to another," think about the situations in which that fact is apparent. Think about a car—using the chemical energy in the fuel to cause the car to move and the engine to heat. Think about how the fuel level decreases as the car moves. Where is the fuel going? What is happening to the exhaust gases? The principles of science are all around you. By paying attention to them in your everyday life, you will be better prepared to answer problem-solving questions on the GED Science Exam.
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