Running 90 minutes (without a break), Science consists of only one section.
Two questions ask for an answer of approximately one paragraph that should take you approximately ten minutes to write apiece.
Science tests the following skills:
(1) Knowledge of content areas: life science (40%), physical science (40%), and
Earth and space science (20%).
(2) Ability to read, understand, and interpret science-related texts.
(3) Problem-solving abilities in science-related situations.
Like Reasoning Through Language Arts, Science emphasizes reading comprehension. The required reading is usually shorter, however, and can be associated with graphs, charts, tables, diagrams, and maps. In general terms, the reading delves into the themes of human health, living systems, and energy.
Although some background information is helpful, your ability to comprehend the essentials—Main Idea, Detail, Inference—from what you are given to read is more important for answering questions than tapping into an encyclopedic memory.
In essence, you are being tested on your ability to read, reason, and think things through.
Science also tests for the ability to integrate reading and writing by way of its
two 10-minute Short Answer questions. After reading a short passage, you will be asked to respond in one of two ways: Explanation or Experiment. In an Explanation, you are asked to explain an aspect of a reading passage. In an Experiment, you are asked to devise an experiment based on a reading passage. Because of time constraints, your written response for an Explanation or an Experiment should be short, quick, and to the point.
The TI-30XS MultiView Calculator, the official on-screen calculator of the GED, might be needed for some questions on the Science test. As a supplement to the on-screen calculator, you should bring your own handheld calculator for use in the test. Like the
on-screen calculator, your handheld calculator must be a TI-30XS Multiview Scientific Calculator. No other brand of handheld calculator is allowed.
You should purchase the TI-30XS MultiView Calculator for practicing and studying prior to the test. The TI-30XS MultiView Calculator is available for under $20.00 from many vendors, including Amazon, Best Buy, Office Depot, Staples, and Walmart, to name a few.
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