What Is the Curriculum for GED
This is an examination that helps candidates who could not complete their high school education due to personal reasons, to have a second chance to complete their studies and earn a diploma equivalent to that of a high school one. Hence, the curriculum for the test corresponds to what you would have learnt if you had continued your high school education.
It mostly covers subjects that you already have an idea about. However, this should not make you lax about preparing for the test. During your preparation you should follow the curriculum thoroughly and revise well so that you can pass the test in the first chance. To help you prepare for the test the various features are discussed in the following section.
Subjects Covered in the GED
Knowledge of the syllabus is the first step you take towards preparing for the test. The test can be divided into 5 parts (the Language Arts is divided into 2 subsections) and the subject matter of each section is as follows:
- Language Arts (Writing Part 1): In this section, your grammatical skills will be tested. You will have to check the sentences given for mistakes, in other words your proof reading skills will be tested. Other than this you will have to check the organization of the sentences or the paragraphs given. You will also have to check them for meaning and coherence. This part will test your understanding of the nuances of English grammar. If you want more information about this section then click on the following link: http://www.acenet.edu/Content/NavigationMenu/ged/etp/writing_1_test_descr.htm
- Language Arts (Writing Part 2): In this section you will have to write an essay on a given topic in 45 minutes. Here your proficiency in being able to organize your thoughts and conveying them in a coherent manner will be tested. While writing the essay ensure that you do not make any grammatical errors as you will be penalized for them. You must also give attention to details while writing the essay and develop your arguments in a logical manner so that the reader can understand your ideas. If you want more information about this section then click on the following link: http://www.acenet.edu/Content/NavigationMenu/ged/etp/writing_2_test_descr.htm
- Language Arts Reading: In this section you will come across passages and poetries taken from your high school syllabi. This section will reflect your knowledge of literature of high school level. There will be comprehension as well as application questions. This section will require you to analyze and understand the passages provided. If you need more information on this section then click on the following link: http://www.acenet.edu/Content/NavigationMenu/ged/etp/reading_test_descrip.htm
- Social Studies: In this section your high school knowledge of World History, Civics, Geography and Economics will be tested. If you are appearing for the US version of the test, then along-with all the afore-mentioned subjects your knowledge of US history from 1820 to present date will be tested. If you are appearing for the Canadian version then your knowledge of Canadian issues will be tested instead of the US History. In this section you will have to solve 50 questions in 70 minutes. If you need more information about this section then click on the following link: http://www.acenet.edu/Content/NavigationMenu/ged/etp/social_studies_descr.htm
- Science: This section
of the test will check your knowledge of high school science. The 3
main subjects that the questions for this section are taken from are as
- Life Science or Biology
- Physical Science (Physics and Chemistry)
- Earth and Space Science
- Although, the syllabus seems vast, yet the questions will be on subjects that you already have some knowledge about. So you will need to revise your knowledge of Science in order to ace this section of the test. If you want to know more about this section then click on the following link: http://www.acenet.edu/Content/NavigationMenu/ged/etp/science_test_descrip.htm
- Mathematics: This section covers basic mathematics including interpretation of graphs, charts and tables. It will also consist of questions from Algebra and Geometry. This section will test your analytical skills as well as your capability in solving mathematical problems. If you need more information on this section then click on the following link: http://www.acenet.edu/Content/NavigationMenu/ged/etp/math_test_descriptio.htm
Thus, once you have thorough knowledge of the test you can start preparing for it. Since, you will receive a diploma equivalent to a high school diploma on passing, it is only natural that the examination will test your high school knowledge or subjects you would have covered if you had continued your studies. So gather all the knowledge about the syllabus and start preparing for the test.