Preparation Strategies and Resources for the Science Portion of the GED

By Murray Shukyn, Dale E. Shuttleworth, Achim K. Krull

Don’t let the Science part of the GED make you nervous. To get better results from the time and effort you put into preparing for the Science test, try the following strategies:

  • Take practice tests. Take as many practice tests as you can. Be cautious about time restrictions, and check the answers and explanations when you’re finished. If you still don’t understand why some answers are correct, ask a tutor, take a preparation class, or look up the information in a book or on the Internet. Be sure you know why every one of your answers is right or wrong.

  • Create your own dictionary. Get a notebook and keep track of all the new words (and their definitions) that you discover as you prepare for the Science test. Make sure you understand all the science terminology you see or hear. Of course, this chore isn’t one you can do in one night. Take some time and make sure this terminology becomes part of your everyday vocabulary.

  • Read as many passages as you can. Reading is the most important way to prepare for the Science test. After you read a paragraph from any source (textbook, newspaper article, novel, and so on), ask yourself some questions about what you read. You can also ask friends and family to ask you questions about what you read.

There are also some great resources to help prepare you for the Science test. The Internet can increase your scientific knowledge or simply introduce you to a new area of interest. If you don’t have an Internet connection at home, try your local library or community center.

To save yourself time as you begin your online search for additional practice in reading science material, -check out the following sites:

  • Els.net: Contains tons of information about life sciences

  • Earth.nasa.gov: Contains lots of intriguing earth- and space-related info

  • Chemistry.about.com: Contains interesting info related to chemistry (Note that this is a commercial site, which means you’ll see pesky banners and commercial links amidst the interesting and helpful information.)

  • Colorado.edu Physics 2000: Contains some interesting physics lessons that are presented in an entertaining and informative manner

You can also find a great deal of information general and specific regarding the science test on the GED Testing Service’s site.

To explore on your own, go to your favorite search engine and type the science key words you’re most interested in (biology, earth science, and chemistry, just to name a few examples). You can also use the same key words for a YouTube search and find many excellent videos explaining these topics.