GED Science Guide to prepare for your Exam

Everything you should know about the GED science exam. The allotted time for the science portion is 90 minutes. The exam consists of 34 questions. To pass the exam you must have a minimum score of 150 points. The test will be administered on a computer. Forty percent of the test will consist of life science questions. Life science topics include genetics and DNA organization of ecosystems evolution, natural selection, cell structures and processes. Twenty percent of the test will consist of Earth and space science questions. Earth and space science topics include the structure of the earth plate tectonics geological cycles and processes, the Solar system the universe weather and climate renewable and non-renewable natural resources. Forty percent of the test will consist of physical science questions. Physical science topics include atoms and molecules chemical reactions energy and work motions and forces and electricity. Other test taking skills involve your scientific study comprehension scientific study comprehension are questions that require you to interpret passages from a reading and/or Braff's with specific information. You must also be familiar with the scientific method. Your knowledge of the scientific method will be used to recognize and identify the steps involved evaluate conclusions from the evidence, apply concepts and formulas when necessary. Other tests taking skills are your mathematical comprehension and reasoning mathematical skills include reading charts graphs and other data evaluating scientific probabilities and reading and applying statistical data. If you need a calculator during the exam simply click the calculator icon on your test computer screen. You can also use a handheld TI-30XS Multiview Scientific Calculator. If you want to use the handheld type, make sure to bring it on the day you’re taking the test. You will be responsible for two short answer responses. Each short answer response is worth up to three points.

Here are some quick tips when answering the short answer questions:

  1. Read the question first before you read the passage. This will help you know and understand what is being asked.
  2. Read the passage carefully. Then with the question in mind, formulate your hypothesis and your evidence to support this.
  3. Always begin your answer with a strong opening statement. Your opening statement should briefly state your answer to the question, followed by the facts to support this.
  4. For short answer questions that require you to design a science experiment, formulate a hypothesis, describe the methods you will use to collect data and the methods that you will use to evaluate your data.
Short answer responses are based on one or more reading passages and or graphics or a combination of the two your response will be typed in a box found in your test computer screen. You are expected to create one or two well-constructed paragraphs with well-supported information that has been pulled from the passages graphs and or charts. It’s tempting to delay your study time for GED science test, especially if science is not your favorite subject. For more information, check GED Practice Tests for sample questions.