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Peterson's Master the GED 2013 with CD is a comprehensive guide that offers the essential test-prep and review material for the high school equivalency diploma test, including practice tests, subject review, and expert tips on how to score high on each GED test. Readers will find the GED information they need to know-scoring and passing requirements, how to prepare, and what to expect on test day.
  • 6 full-length practice tests (access to 3 full-length practice exams via the CD), including a diagnostic test to determine strengths and weaknesses-all with detailed answer explanations.
  • In-depth review of each GED test subject, with practice questions and easy-to-understand answer explanations, including Language Arts, Writing (Parts I and II); Language Arts, Reading; Social Studies (including Canadian history and government); Science; and Mathematics (Parts I and II).
  • Links to HippoCampus.org in the Math, Science, and Social Studies sections, where interactive subject help is offered via high-quality multimedia lessons and course content.
  • Exercises and drills for every type of question in each GED test subject area, with hundreds of practice questions and detailed answer explanations to reinforce key concepts.
  • Expert strategies to strengthen test-taking skills.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780768936049
  • Publisher: Peterson's
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Edition number: 27
  • Pages: 992
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Credits xi

Before You Begin xiii

The Diagnostic Practice Test and Process xiv

The Practice Tests xiv

Special Study Features xv

Links to Hippo Campus™ xv

Word List xvi

You're Well on Your Way to Success xvi

Give Us Your Feedback xvii

Part I The Ged Tests-The Basics

1 All About the GED® 3

What Is the GED®? 3

The Five GED® Tests-At a Glance 4

GED® Scoring and Passing Requirements 8

GED® Availability, Scheduling, Fees, and Online Testing 9

A New GED® 10

Retaking All or Part of the GED® 10

Score Transcripts and Your GED® Certificate 10

Getting Ready for the GED® Tests 11

Obtaining More Information about the GED® 12

Top 10 GED® Test-taking Tips 13

Summing It Up 15

Part II Determining Strengths and Weaknesses

2 Practice Test 1: Diagnostic 19

Directions for Taking the Diagnostic Test 19

Language Arts, Writing, Part I 25

Language Arts, Writing, Part II 39

Social Studies 41

Science 61

Language Arts, Reading 81

Mathematics 93

Mathematics, Part I: Questions 1-25 95

Mathematics, Part II: Questions 26-50 101

Answer Key and Explanations 106

Are You Ready to Take the GED®? 132

Part III The Language Arts, Writing Test

3 Mastering the Language Arts, Writing Test, Part 1 135

All about the Language Arts, Writing Test, Part I 135

Answering Sentence Correction Questions 137

Answering Sentence Revision Questions 141

Answering Sentence Construction Questions 144

Answering Paragraph Composition Questions 149

Answering Document Organization Questions 151

General Test-taking Strategies 154

Summing It Up 156

4 Writing Review 157

Sentence Structure 157

Usage 165

Writing Mechanics 174

Summing It Up 188

5 Mastering the Language Arts, Writing Test, Part II 189

All about the Language Arts, Writing Test, Part II 189

How GED® Essays are Evaluated 190

What's Not Tested 191

How GED® Essays are Scored 192

The Essay Topic 192

Writing Your Essay: From Brainstorm to Final Product 195

Developing-and Connecting Your Paragraphs 202

Writing Style 205

Sample Persuasive Essays 209

Sample Expository Essay 213

Suggestions for Writing and Evaluating Your Practice Essays 215

General Test-taking Strategies 216

Summing It Up 219

Part IV The Social Studies Test

6 Mastering the Social Studies Test 223

All about the Social Studies Test 223

What's Tested-and What's Not Tested 224

Formats Used for GED® Social Studies Questions 224

Subject Areas for GED® Social Studies Questions 225

Source Material for GED® Social Studies Questions 227

Question Types Based on the Four Skill Areas 227

Questions Based on Visual Depictions 235

General Test-taking Strategies 247

Summing It Up 249

7 Social Studies Review 251

History 251

Civics and Government 275

Economics 290

Geography 300

Historical Documents on the GED® Social Studies Test 310

Canadian History 320

Summing It Up 332

Part V The Science Test

8 Mastering the Science Test 335

All about the Science Test 335

What's Tested-and What's Not Tested 336

Formats Used for GED® Science Questions 336

Subject Areas for GED® Science Questions 337

Question Types Based on the Four Skill Areas 338

Application Questions 345

Questions Based on Visual Depictions 346

General Test-taking Strategies 356

Summing It Up 359

9 Science Review 361

What You'll Find in This Review 361

Science and the Scientific Method 361

Life Science: Biology 363

Earth and Space Science 414

Chemistry 441

Physics 459

Summing It Up 477

Part VI The Language Arts, Reading Test

10 Mastering the Language Arts, Reading Test 481

Taking the Language Arts, Reading Test 481

Understanding Fiction 482

Understanding Nonfiction 507

General Test-taking Strategies 537

Summing It Up 539

Part VII The Mathematics Test

11 Mastering the Mathematics Test 543

All About the Mathematics Test 543

Format and Features of the Mathematics Test 544

Measurements and the Mathematics Test 545

Using the Casio fx-260 Calculator for Part I 546

Recording Your Answers to Alternative Format Questions 548

Strategies for Solving Math Problems 551

Analyzing Graphical Data (Graphs, Charts, and Tables) 565

Rounding, Simplifying, and Checking Your Calculations 578

General Test-taking Strategies 585

Summing It Up 587

12 Math Review: Numbers 589

What You'll Find in This Review 589

Order and Laws of Operations 589

Number Signs and the Four Basic Operations 590

Integers and the Four Basic Operations 593

Factors, Multiples, and Divisibility 594

Decimal Numbers, Fractions, and Percentages 596

Ratio and Proportion 608

Ratios Involving More than Two Quantities 611

Exponents (Powers) and Scientific Notation 613

Square Roots (and Other Roots) 622

Summing It Up 625

13 Math Review: Algebra and Descriptive Statistics 627

What You'll Find in This Review 627

Linear Equations in One Variable 628

Linear Equations in Two Variables 632

Linear Equations That Can't Be Solved 636

Solving Algebraic Inequalities 637

Factorable Quadratic Expressions (One Variable) 639

Factorable Quadratic Expressions (Two Variables) 642

Functions 644

Measures of Central Tendency (Mean, Median, and Range) 645

Arithmetic Series 647

Probability 649

Word Problems Involving Formulas 653

Summing It Up 658

14 Math Review: Geometry 659

What You'll Find in This Review 659

Congruency and Similarity 659

Angles 660

Triangles 663

Quadrilaterals 673

Polygons 680

Circles 682

Three-Dimensional (3-D) Geometric Figures 688

Right-Triangle Trigonometry 694

Coordinate Geometry 697

Summing It Up 707

Part VIII Two Practice Tests

Practice Test 2 711

Directions for Taking the Practice Test 711

Language Arts, Writing 717

Language Arts, Writing, Part I 717

Language Arts, Writing, Part II 729

Social Studies 730

Science 752

Language Arts, Reading 774

Mathematics 787

Mathematics, Part I: Questions 1-25 789

Mathematics, Part II: Questions 26-50 795

Answer Key and Explanations 800

Are You Ready to Take the GED®? 824

Practice Test 3 825

Directions for Taking the Practice Test 825

Language Arts, Writing 831

Language Arts, Writing, Part I 831

Language Arts, Writing, Part II 845

Social Studies 846

Science 868

Language Arts, Reading 889

Mathematics 902

Mathematics, Part I: Questions 1-25 904

Mathematics, Part II: Questions 26-50 910

Answer Key and Explanations 916

Are You Ready to Take the GED®? 942

Word List 943

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