Recognizing the Knowledge and Skills Required to Pass the GED Science Test

By Murray Shukyn, Achim K. Krull

Part of GED Science Test For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Uncertainty can generate significant test anxiety. Knowing what’s on the GED Science test will reduce that anxiety. Although all questions on the test are relevant to the world of science, you really don’t need a huge body of scientific knowledge to do well on the test.

The test is designed to evaluate your skills — your ability to understand information presented in different formats and use your power of reason to arrive at the correct answer. More specifically, the test evaluates the following skills:

  • Identify textual evidence that supports a conclusion.

  • Extract details from information presented visually in graphs, tables, illustrations, and so on.

  • Determine the meaning of symbols, and terms and phrases (vocabulary), used in a scientific context.

  • Reason from data or evidence presented to a conclusion.

  • Make a reasonable prediction based on data or evidence presented.

  • Identify and refine a hypothesis for a scientific investigation.

  • Identify possible sources of error in an experimental design.

  • Understand and apply scientific models, theories, and laws and related formulas.

  • Summarize a data set in statistical terms.

  • Express scientific information numerically, symbolically, and visually.

  • Determine the probability of an event occurring.

  • Use counting and permutations to gauge possibilities.