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# 2014 GED Test - What you need to know.

The GED Test has undergone major changes in 2014. The most significant of these is the
greater emphasis on reasoning skills in mathematics and argumentative writing. Because the new
GED Test is designed to provide equivalency for a high school diploma as well as higher level
college and career readiness, it is aligned with the Common Core State Standards used in todays
high school programs.
What Is New
The new GED Test is administered only on computers and includes several new types of
questions. The test-taker is required to write two Extended Response essays as well as many
short answer questions. To demonstrate writing skills, test-takers need basic computer skills and
must be able to type at least 20 words per minute.
Where content is concerned, the GED Test requires students to show readiness for higher level
thinking required for college and careers. Test-takers must demonstrate the ability to read and
comprehend more complex passages and make logical inferences that are supported by textual
evidence.
How GED Test Practice Can Help You Prepare for The GED Test.
The best way for students to prepare for the new GED Test is to determine exactly what they
need to study. This is where GED Test Practice excels. Not only does it predict a students
readiness for the GED Test by asking the same type of questions found on the actual GED test,
but it pinpoints precisely which areas they need to study. Each of the twelve tests identifies
exactly the skills they need to brush up on and where to find those lessons in the GED Academy
and Essential Skills Workbooks.
Mathematical Reasoning Test
The 2014 GED math test places more emphasis on algebra and reasoning skills compared to the
2002 series. The 2014 test consists of 55% algebra test items. To do well on the new test,
students need to understand the reason why a word problem is set up the way it is. Instead of
merely memorizing algorithms and formulas, test-takers need to communicate their knowledge
of how they apply to real-world situations.

## Reasoning through Language Arts (RLA) Test

Essentially, the RLA test requires a higher level of thinking complexity than the 2002 series test.
Test-takers need to analyze information and evaluate complex argumentative texts in both the
reading and writing sections. There is also a new essay requirement called Extended Response,
which requires students to analyze one or more source texts and produce an argumentative essay.

The RLA Extended Response presents two written arguments. Test-takers are given 45 minutes
to read and evaluate them, then develop their own argumentative essay in response. The testtaker should use relevant and sufficient evidence from the passages to support the claim that one
passage is a more effective argument.
Science Test
The GED Science Test focuses on the fundamentals of science reasoning through eight science
practices that are interwoven into science concepts. Students are tested on their abilities to glean
information from scientific texts, reason with data representations, and apply key scientific
models, theories, and processes. Answering these questions does not require specific science
knowledge, but rather the ability to think like a scientist to evaluate science passages, charts, and
tables. The science questions center around on health and living systems as well as energy
systems.
Social Studies Test
The new Social Studies test draws from four content areas: Civics and Government (50%),
United States History (20%), Geography and the World (15%), and Economics (15%). As in the
Science test, the broad domains are broken down into subtopics to narrow the scope of what is
assessed. Test-takers are expected to be broadly familiar with the concepts in each content topic,
but they are not expected to have in-depth and comprehensive knowledge of each subtopic. The
GED Social Studies Test assesses reasoning skills in the fundamentals of social studies, striking
a balance of deeper conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and the ability to
apply these fundamentals in realistic situations.
The 2014 Social Studies Extended Response presents test-takers with two engaging passages on
a similar topic. They are given 25 minutes to evaluate both and respond with conclusions about
the passages meaning and relationship.
Computer-Based Testing
Because the 2014 test is computer-based, test-takers need sufficient keyboarding skills. Students
who are not proficient at keyboarding will be disadvantaged by the time limit of the Extended
Response and short answer items. Test-takers should be proficient at the following computer
skills: Understanding the mouse and cursor