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The GED PreTest is a practice exam that will give you an idea about how well you will do on the actual GED exam.

The General Educational Development Test (GED Test) is a full-day question and answer examination that tries to gauge whether or not the test-taker has acquired the average amount of knowledge that someone graduating from high school might have accumulated.

The pre-test, on the other hand, is a shorter practice exam that asks questions about each of the five main areas covered in the longer exam. A pre-test is a terrific method of predicting success on the longer exam.

The GED Test Consists of five areas:

1. Language Arts, Reading
2. Mathematics
3. Science
4. Social Studies
5. Language Arts, Writing, Part 1 and Part 2 (Essay)

Language Arts, Reading
The Language Arts, Reading section contains 40 multiple-choice questions. The questions are designed to measure your ability to read, comprehend and interpret short written selections. The questions after each selection ask you to understand and apply information from what you read.

Many of the selections are snippets of fiction written during the last 100 years. There will also be nonfiction writings, including typical workplace documents or manuals. There may also be a little poetry.

Each selection typically ranges between 200 to 400 words long. Any poetry will be much shorter. Immediately after each selection, there are four to eight questions about what you just read. This part of the exam lasts 65 minutes.

The Mathematics section is divided into two parts, each part containing 25 questions. On the first part, you may use the calculator provided to you at the testing center for determining your answers. Calculators are not allowed during the second part of the exam.

About four out of five questions are multiple choice, the remaining questions require you to come up with your own answer. Many of these answers require you to plot your answer on a printed grid. These grids can be a standard or coordinate plane grid.

This test tries to gauge your ability to understand mathematical concepts and apply them to real-world situations. The four broad testing areas are:
1. Algebra, number patterns and functions
2. Data analysis, probability and statistics
3. Geometry and measurement
4. Number operations and number sense

A page with common math formulas is provided for your reference during the test. This page contains formulas that can help you answer the questions. The formulas include how to calculate the area of a rectangle, determining the distance between points on a plane, measuring the perimeter of a triangle, etc. The Mathematics section lasts 90 minutes.

The Science section has 50 multiple-choice questions. The topics are usually about physics, chemistry, life science, earth science and space science.

The questions require you to interpret and apply information provided on the test or even what you have learned through your life experience. Questions may be about written text, charts, graphs, tables, illustrations or maps. This section lasts 80 minutes.

Social Studies
The Social Studies section is made up of 50 multiple-choice questions. These questions are in the subjects of United States (or Canada if taken in Canada) history, world history, geography, government and economics.

The format is similar to the rest of the test. There are questions based on written text and/or visual material such as charts, tables, graphs, drawings, figures or maps. The questions require you to understand and analyze the provided information. You are allowed 70 minutes in the Social Studies section.

Language Arts, Writing Part 1
Part 1 of the Language Arts, Writing section has 50 multiple-choice questions. This section requires you to revise and edit short passages or parts of documents. You may be asked to correct, revise and change the construction of the provided material.

You will attempt to:
1. Correct errors in spelling, punctuation and capitalization.
2. Correct errors in verb tense, subject-verb agreement and pronoun reference.
3. Correct run-on sentences, sentence fragments, comma splices, misplaced modifiers, and lack of parallel structure.
4. Restructure the order of paragraphs or the ideas within paragraphs, find the main topic sentence, and create coherence in documents.

Scores in this part are combined with those of Part II to become one single score. You will have 75 minutes in this section.

Language Arts, Writing Part 2 (Essay)
The second part of the Language Arts, Writing section consists of a single essay about a subject or issue of general interest that doesn't require any research on the part of the test taker. The essay asks you to present an opinion or explain your view about an assigned topic.

You will have scratch paper on which you may sketch an outline, put down notes or construct a first draft. The answer booklet is just two pages of paper on which you write your final essay.

Your essay will be scored by two people on the basis of how your essay contains clear organization, well-developed main points, good idea development, and proper use of punctuation, sentence structure, grammar, spelling and word choice. You are given 45 minutes to complete the essay.

So do some preparation before you sit for the exam. Take some practice GED pre tests and see how you do. If you prepare, you most likely will be in the 70% that pass the exam on the first try.

Good luck.

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