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How to Use the GED Social Studies Prep Course

Instructor: Laura Leftwich
Are you ready to take the Social Studies GED? The best way to pass is to be prepared and confident on test day, and this course will help you do that. Read this article to learn how to use this prep course to help you study and practice for the Social Studies GED.

GED Social Studies Course

While the topic of social studies may seem broad, there is not a lot of information you need to memorize for the test. The GED focuses more on test taking skills than history fact recall, so this course is streamlined to teach you only the concepts you need to know. This will help you study more efficiently, without wasting your time memorizing facts about events you won't be tested on.

About the GED Social Studies Course

The first chapter in this course will give you an introduction to the sections of the GED. It covers scoring, registration, and general information about the format of the test.

When you take the GED, you will see many different formats of questions. On the test there are drop-down boxes, drag-and-drop and hot-spot questions. In this prep course there is a GED Question Types chapter that goes over how to tackle these different question types. You will also face fill-in and essay response type questions on this section of the GED including some short answer and some longer response. To prepare you for these questions, there is a chapter dedicated entirely to the extended response covering grammar and essay writing. There is also a chapter with basic math skills so that you can easily analyze graphs and charts, and successfully calculate basic statistics.

After the question type, writing, and math overviews, you'll get into the historical content of the Social Studies test. You will learn major historical context for events in America, from the Declaration of Independence up through the War on Terror. This brief but thorough walk through of the last three centuries of American history will provide you with the context and content you need to answer the logic-based questions on the Social Studies GED. The lessons are there to provide a framework of understanding for you as you examine the documents, pictures, and passages presented to you on the GED.

Chapter Exams

Each content focused lesson has an accompanying quiz that goes over the material you learned the lesson. These quiz questions cover the concepts you learned as a quick check at the end of your lessons.

The best preparation for the GED is to take our chapter exams, located at the end of each chapter in the course. These are 30 question exams designed to test you on critical thinking and analyzing documents, just like the GED. There will be graphs, charts, passages, and images to analyze and answer questions on. While all the questions will be multiple choice, this practice exam will help you prepare for the questions the GED will throw your way.

When you complete each exam, you'll receive a score to let you know how you did. Each question will tie back to lessons in the course to help you study up on concepts you missed. By going back over the material, and then re-taking the exams, you will see your progress as you learn.

Working your way through this prep course from start to finish will give you the tools you need to pass the GED - historical context, strategies to tackle different types of questions, and general information about how to take the test. Armed with the knowledge from this course, you'll be ready to take on the GED!

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