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Ch 71: HiSET: Settlement Patterns

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Review the traits of different types of settlements. Prepare for the social studies portion of the HiSET exam through these videos and self-assessment quizzes.

Settlement Patterns - Chapter Summary

Use the lessons in this section to brush-up on your knowledge of human settlement types and patterns. Prepare for the HiSET Social Studies test with help from our videos that include topics such as:

  • Land use
  • Rural settlements
  • Metropolitan areas
  • Suburbs
  • Urbanization
  • Types of human settlements
  • U.S. urban structures
  • Foreign urban structures

In addition to engaging videos, you can find transcripts that allow you to review key terms and lesson summaries at a glance. There are also multiple-choice quizzes that link back to the video content and help you remember concepts you'll need to be familiar with on test day.

HiSET Social Studies Objectives

The social studies exam is one of five parts of the HiSET high school equivalency exam, which is currently available in about 12 states. The social studies exam consists of 50 multiple-choice questions, and you have 70 minutes to complete it. It tests your knowledge in four content areas: history, civics and government, geography and economics.

Questions on settlement patterns may appear with the geography questions, which make up about 6% of this exam. Prepare for these questions with this chapter's lessons on the characteristics, distribution and challenges of various human settlements.

11 Lessons in Chapter 71: HiSET: Settlement Patterns
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
City Land Use: Economy, Social Factors & Government

1. City Land Use: Economy, Social Factors & Government

Land is at a premium in urban areas, and choices have to be made about how to use different parcels of city land. In this lesson, we'll look at different factors that affect city land use, including government, physical, social, and economic factors.

Distribution of People in Rural Settlements

2. Distribution of People in Rural Settlements

People live in many different environments, from big cities to isolation in the country. Watch this lesson to find out more about rural settlements, including the difference in urban and rural settlements and the pros and cons of rural settlements.

Downtown, the Central Business District: Land Use Issues in the U.S. & Abroad

3. Downtown, the Central Business District: Land Use Issues in the U.S. & Abroad

When people picture a city skyline, they are often picturing the downtown area. In this lesson, we'll explore downtown areas, including their relationship to the central business district of a city and characteristics of them.

Human Settlements: Definition & Functions

4. Human Settlements: Definition & Functions

People don't live in a vacuum. We live with other people. Watch this lesson to find out about human settlements, including the two major types, and some of the functions and benefits of living with others, instead of on your own.

Metropolitan Area, Physical City & City Center

5. Metropolitan Area, Physical City & City Center

Millions of people live in cities around the world, but what exactly are the different sections of an urban area? In this lesson, we'll explore the components of an urban area, including metropolitan area, physical city, and city center.

Suburbs in the U.S.: Characteristics & Common Issues

6. Suburbs in the U.S.: Characteristics & Common Issues

Many people want to live near a city but prefer the quiet and space offered outside the city. In this lesson, we'll explore suburbs in the United States, including the peripheral model, and trends, characteristics, and common issues of suburbs.

The Rise of Urban Societies & Current Patterns of Urbanization

7. The Rise of Urban Societies & Current Patterns of Urbanization

People live in many different places: cities, suburbs, and the country. In this lesson, we'll look at historical and modern trends having to do with cities, including how the Industrial Revolution and urban renewal programs impacted urban populations.

Types of Human Settlements: Definitions & Comparisons

8. Types of Human Settlements: Definitions & Comparisons

Most people don't live completely alone. They live in cities, towns, and rural areas near others. In this lesson, we'll examine types of human settlements, including common settlement designations and some of the challenges in categorizing settlements.

U.S. Inner Cities: Characteristics & Challenges

9. U.S. Inner Cities: Characteristics & Challenges

When people use the phrase 'inner city,' what do they mean? What is the inner city? Watch this lesson to find out the formal and euphamistic definitions of inner city, including characteristics of and some issues facing inner city neighborhoods.

U.S. Urban Structures: Concentric Zone, Sector & Multiple Nuclei Models

10. U.S. Urban Structures: Concentric Zone, Sector & Multiple Nuclei Models

How are cities organized? This is a central question that has been explored for almost a century. In this lesson, we'll look at three of the common models to explain urban structures in America: the Burgess model, the sector model, and the multiple nuclei model.

Urban Structure Models: United States vs. Abroad

11. Urban Structure Models: United States vs. Abroad

Much of the world's population lives in cities. But are they the same all over the world? In this lesson, we'll take a look at urban areas, including how different countries define an urban area and demographic differences in cities around the world.

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