McGraw-Hill's Pre-GED: The Most Competent and Reliable Review of the Skills Necessary for GED Study

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From America's leading education publisher, the struggling student's guide to GED success

Nearly one million Americans plan to take the GED each year, but many are deficient in the most basic skills and not yet ready for GED courses and study guides. McGraw-Hill's Pre-GED offers a comprehensive foundation on which to build the necessary skills for more vigorous study and eventual success.

This edition covers the five subject areas— writing, ...

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Overview

From America's leading education publisher, the struggling student's guide to GED success

Nearly one million Americans plan to take the GED each year, but many are deficient in the most basic skills and not yet ready for GED courses and study guides. McGraw-Hill's Pre-GED offers a comprehensive foundation on which to build the necessary skills for more vigorous study and eventual success.

This edition covers the five subject areas— writing, reading, social studies, science, and math—guiding students in such matters as topic sentences, punctuation, sequence, inference, decimals, and ratios.

Fully updated, it also introduces students to subject matter added to the test in 2002, including world history, space study, business documents, and number grids. With easy-tofollow instructions, McGraw-Hill's Pre- GED provides:

  • Diagnostic pretests identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • Hundreds of exercises with answer key
  • Full explanations of answers provided
  • Posttests with correlations to other McGraw-Hill GED books
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071428149
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/17/2003
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 960
  • Sales rank: 392,328
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.78 (d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
To the Teacher and the Student XIV XVI
PRETESTS
Language Arts, Writing Pretest 1
Answer Key and Evaluation Chart 6-8
Language Arts, Reading Pretest 9
Answer Key and Evaluation Chart 16-18
Social Studies Pretest 19
Answer Key and Evaluation Chart 27-28
Science Pretest 29
Answer Key and Evaluation Chart 35-36
Mathematics Pretest 37
Answer Key and Evaluation Chart 41-42
LANGUAGE ARTS, WRITING
CHAPTER 1 Parts of Speech 45
Nouns 45
Pronouns 46
Verbs 48
Adjectives 49
Adverbs 50
Chapter Review 53
Your Turn to Write: Writing a Paragraph 54
Writing Skills: Mapping
CHAPTER 2 Sentences 57
Sentences, Fragments, and Run-ons 57
Punctuating Perfectly: Sentences 59
Every Sentence Has a Purpose 60
Putting Your Skills to Work 62
Every Sentence Has a Subject 63
Every Sentence Has a Predicate 65
Putting Your Skills to Work 66
Chapter Review 67
Your Turn to Write: Telling a Story 69
Writing Skill: Brainstorming
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CHAPTER 3: Nouns and Pronouns 71
Nouns 71
Putting Your Skills to Work 78
Pronouns 78
Punctuating Perfectly: Apostrophes in Contractions 83
Homonyms 84
Chapter Review 86
Your Turn to Write: Writing a One-Sided Argument 87
Writing Skill: Topic Sentence
CHAPTER 4: Verbs: Form and Tense 89
What Is a Verb? 89
Recognizing the Base Verb 90
Present Tense of Regular Verbs 91
Past Tense of Regular Verbs 92
Future Tense 93
Common Irregular Verbs 94
Time Clues to Verb Tenses 101
Putting Your Skills to Work 102
The Continuing Tenses 103
Punctuating Perfectly: Business Documents 105
Chapter Review 110
Your Turn to Write: Writing a Business Letter 112
Writing Skill: Business Letter and Punctuation
CHAPTER 5:Subject-Verb Agreement 113
Pronouns as Subjects 113
Irregular Verbs 115
Nouns as Subjects 117
Tricky Subject-Verb Agreement 118
Putting Your Skills to Work 12]
Chapter Review 124
Your Turn to Write: Using the Writing Process 125
Writing Skill: Revision
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CHAPTER 6: Adjectives and Adverbs 127
What Is an Adjective? 127
Putting Your Skills to Work 128
What Is an Adverb? 130
Adjective or Adverb? 132
Punctuating Perfectly: Using Quotation Marks 133
Putting Your Skills to Work 134
Chapter Review 135
Your Turn to Write: Using Descriptive Language 137
Writing Skill: Description
CHAPTER 7: Combining Sentences and Organizing Paragraphs 139
Combining Simple Sentences 139
Coordinating Conjunctions for Combining Sentences 141
Connectors for Combining Sentences 145
Subordinating Conjunctions for Combining Sentences 147 Punctuating Perfectly: Commas and Semicolons in Combined Sentences 149
Paragraph Organization 150
Chapter Review 156
YourTum to Write: Writing a Paragraph in Time Order 158
Writing Skill: Paragraph Organization
CHAPTER 8: Sentences and Paragraphs 159
Sentence Structure 159
Paragraph Strncture 164
Punctuating Perfectly: Commas 166
Putting Your Skills to Work 170
Chapter Review 171
Your Turn to Write: A Three-Paragraph Essay 174
Writing Skill: Introduction and Conclusion Language Arts, Writing Answer Key 177
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LANGUAGE ARTS, READING
CHAPTER 1: Gaining Meaning from Words 189
Using the Dictionary 189
Multiple Meanings 196
Syllables 197
Prefixes 201
Suffixes 206
Base Words 207
Latin and Greek Roots 208
Synonyms 211
Antonyms 212
Chapter Review 213
CHAPTER 2: Understanding What You Read 215
Words in Context 215
Understanding Connotations 220
Euphemisms 222
Key Words in Sentences 223 Main Idea and Supporting Details 224
Main Idea and Details in a Paragraph 228
Unstated Main Idea 229
Main Idea in a Passage 230
Summarizing 233
Chapter Review 236
CHAPTER 3: Finding Hidden Meaning 239
Making Inferences 239
Inference in a Cartoon 240
Inference in Advertising 241
Inference in Nonfiction 246
Inference in Literature 247
Making Predictions 249
Graphic Organizers and Outlines 255
Chapter Review 258
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CHAPTER 5: Chemistry 595
Atoms and Molecules 595
Mixtures, Solutions, and Compounds 597
Acids and Bases 603
Poisons 605
Chemicals That Cause Disease 606
Chemicals in Food 607
Chapter Review 608
CHAPTER 6: Earth and Space Science 613
Evaluating Ideas 6]3
Geology 6]8
Ecosystems 623
Weather 627
Our Galaxy and Solar System 630
Space Trave] 635
Chapter Review 637
Scie nce Answer Key 641
MATHEMATICS CHAPTER 1: Whole Numbers 653
Understanding Place Value 655
Reading and Writing Whole Numbers Adding Whole Numbers657 Subtracting Whole Numbers 659
Adding and Subtracting Money Multiplying Whole Numbers 662Dividing Whole Numbers 663
Multiplying and Dividing Money Multiplication and Division 671
Word Problems Rounding Whole Numbers 674
Estimating with Whole Numbers675
Whole Numbers Review 676
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SCIENCE
CHAPTER 1:Science Knowledge and Skills 501
Meanings of Scientific Words 501
Understanding Scientific Language 505
Using the Scientific Method 507
Chapter Review 517
CHAPTER 2: Living Things 519
Restating and Summarizing 519
Finding the Main Idea 522
The Main Idea of a Passage 524
Plant and Animal Cells 526
Viruses and Bacteria 528
Photosynthesis 530
Classification of Animals 531
Genetics 535
Chapter Review 538
CHAPTER 3: Human Biology 541
Reading Graphic Information 541
Human Body Systems 553
Health and Nutrition 562
Chapter Review 566
CHAPTER 4: Physics 569
Understanding Sequence 569
Understanding Cause and Effect 573
Making Inferences 576
Simple Machines 577
Newton's Laws of Motion 580
Electricity and Magnetism 582
Nuclear Power 586
Light and Sound Waves 587
Chapter Review 590
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CHAPTER 2: Interpreting Graphic Materials 377
Using Tables 377
Reading Graphs 383
Reading Maps 396
Chapter Review 403
CHAPTER 3: Applying Information in Social Studies 411
Applying Information in Everyday Life 411
Predicting an Outcome 413
Identifying Authors' Predictions 4]4
Predicting Based on a Passage 415
Applying Information in a Passage 417
Applying Social Studies Concepts 419
Applying Map Information 421
Applying Data from Tables and Graphs 423
Chapter Review 426
CHAPTER 4: Analyzing Social Studies Materials 431
Recognizing Sequence 431
Recognizing Cause and Effect 44]
Recognizing Comparison and Contrast 445
Distinguishing Between Fact and Opinion 450
Developing Hypotheses 452
Chapter Review 457
CHAPTER 5: Evaluating Social Studies Materials 463
Having Enough Information 463
Looking for the Right Information 466
Finding Errors in Reasoning 470
Recognizing Values 474
Recognizing Propaganda 478
Chapter Review 484
Social Studies Answer Key 487
Table of Contents I vii
CHAPTER 4: Organizing Ideas 261
Fact, Opinion, and Generalization 261
Sequence 265
Comparison and Contrast 271
Cause and Effect 275
Analogies 280
Chapter Review 282
CHAPTER 5: Understanding Fiction 285
Forming Pictures in Your Mind 285
Setting and Tone 290
Characterization 293
Plot 295
Point of View 297
Theme 299
Chapter Review 301
CHAPTER 6: Understanding Poetry and Drama 305
Reading Poetry 305
Paraphrasing Poetry 310
Reading Drama 313
Chapter Review: Poetry 321
Chapter Review: Drama 324
Language Arts, Reading Answer Key 327
SOCIAL STUDIES 372
CHAPTER 1: Understanding What You Read 341
Locating Details and Facts 341
Understanding Unfamiliar Words 345
Restating and Summarizing Topic 350
Sentences and Main Ideas 353
Reading Between the Lines 362
Chapter Review 372
Table of Contents I xi
CHAPTER 2: Using a Calculator 683
Basic Calculator Skills 683
Using the Calculator with Whole Numbers 684
Calculator Review 688
CHAPTER 3: Solving Word Problems 689 Understand the Question 689
Choose Necessary Information 691
Plan the Math 693
Do the Math 695
Think About Your Answer 697
Multistep Problems 699
Using a Number Grid 703
Word Problem Review 704
CHAPTER 4: Decimals 707
Understanding the Decimal System 707
Comparing Decimals 712
Rounding Decimals 713
Estimating with Decimals 715
Basic Arithmetic with Decimals 716
Decimal Word Problems 720
Decimals Review 721
CHAPTER 5: Fractions 723
Understanding Fractions 723
Comparing Fractions 727
Adding and Subtracting Fractions and Mixed Numbers 729
Multiplying Fractions 736
Dividing Fractions 740
Fractions Review 743
CHAPTER 6:Ratio and Proportion 745
Understanding Ratios 745
Working with Rates 747
Understanding Proportions 749
Proportions with Word Problems 750
Ratio and Proportion Review 752
CHAPTER 7: Percent 753
Understanding Percent 753
Relating Decimals, Fractions, and Percents 755
Identifying Numbers in a Percent Problem 758
Solving Percent Problems by Using Proportions 764
Percent Review 765
CHAPTER 8:Data and Probability 767
Finding Mean, Median, and Mode 767
Reading a Table 769
Reading Graphs 772
Probability 778
Data and Probability Review 783
CHAPTER 9: Basic Algebra 785
Algebraic Expressions 785
Algebraic Expressions with Word Problems 786
Powers and Roots 787
Evaluating Algebraic Expressions 789
Becoming Familiar with Equations 790
Solving Addition and Subtraction Equations 793
Solving Word Problems with Equations 795
Solving Multiplication and Division Equations 796
More Word Problems with Equations
798 Basic Algebra Review 799
CHAPTER 10: Measurement and Geometry 801
Units of Measurement 801
Geometric Definitions 806
Perimeter and Circumference 808
Area 810
Volume 8]2
Properties of Angles 813
Properties of Triangles 815 Measurement and Geometry Review 817
Mathematics Answer Key 819

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    This is a wonderful book that helps to lay the foundation for the subjects covered in the GED. It clearly explains the basic rules and principles needed in order to move to the more complex ones that must be mastered. It is necessary to suplement this with additional practice, but very well done.

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