What Skills Do I Need for the GED Science Test? - dummies

What Skills Do I Need for the GED Science Test?

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

If you’re totally unfamiliar with science and its vocabulary, you’ll likely have trouble with the questions on the GED Science test. You’re expected to have some basic knowledge about how the physical world works, how plants and animals live, and how the universe operates. This material tests you on ideas that you observe and develop throughout your life, both in and out of school.

You probably know a little about traction, for example, from driving and walking in slippery weather. On the other hand, you may not know a lot about equilibrium aside from what you read in school.

As you prepare to take the Science test, you’re expected to understand that science is all about inquiry. In fact, inquiry forms the basis of the scientific method — the process every good scientist follows when faced with an unknown. The steps of the scientific method are as follows:

  1. Ask questions.

  2. Gather information.

  3. Do experiments.

  4. Think objectively about what you find.

  5. Look at other possible explanations.

  6. Draw one or more possible conclusions.

  7. Test the conclusion(s).

  8. Tell others what you found.

Look at your studying for the Science test as a scientific problem. The question you’re trying to answer is, “How can I increase my scientific knowledge?” Follow the scientific method to come up with a procedure to fix the problem. Your solution should include reading, reading, and more reading!

One or more high-school science books is a great tool to use or even a course that teaches the basics of high-school science. (Check with your local school board to find basic science courses in your area.) If there are a group of people that are preparing for the GED tests at the same time as you are, forming a study group may also be helpful.