How to Approach Scientific Presentations on the GED Science Test

By Murray Shukyn, Achim K. Krull

On the GED Science test, you’re presented with scientific information in the form of text, maps, images, charts, and tables, and possibly a combination of two or three different formats. Your job is to make sense of the information in various formats so you can answer questions about that information and draw conclusions from it. To answer any science question on the test, try the following process:

  1. Read the passage, if a passage is presented, and/or skim the data that’s presented as a map, image, chart, or table, so you have a general idea of what the data is.

  2. Read the question and any answer choices, so you have a clear idea of what you need to do with the information you’re given.

    Some questions may be fill-in-the-blank or some other format, so you may not have answer choices.

  3. Find the specific information in the passage, map, image, chart, or table that answers the question.

    For some questions, you may be required to perform mathematical operations, such as calculating an average. If a formula is required, the question gives you the formula you need.

  4. Answer the question.

    Most questions are multiple-choice, in which case, you identify the choice that’s supported best by information in the passage, map, image, chart, or table. Some questions may be fill-in-the-blank or drag-and-drop.

    When answering multiple-choice questions, if you don’t know the answer, make an intelligent guess. Eliminate obviously wrong answers and then choose from the remaining answers to improve your chances of guessing the correct answer. You’re not penalized for wrong answers; you receive a 0 (zero) for a wrong answer, which is what you’d receive for no answer.