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1 1 Understanding the GED GED Workshop Dallas Public Library Literacy Programs Spring 2012 Based on 2002 GED Series

2 2 GED Workshop Outline Why the GED? GED Test Overview GED Testing GED Preparation

3 3 Why the GED? Reasons to pursue the GED? Employment Career advancement Higher education/college Self-esteem Obstacles to pursuing the GED? Time commitment Family commitments Emotional baggage

4 4 2002 Series GED Test Overview (handout) Five subject tests: 7 ¼ hours, 240 questions and 1 essay Mathematics Part I: Calculator Part II: No calculator Science Social Studies Language Arts, Reading Language Arts, Writing Part I: Editing Part II: Essay

5 5 Mathematics Sample Question 2. A surveyor made the measurements shown in the diagram below. What is the measure, in feet, of AB, the straight-line distance across the stream? 1.5050 2.7575 3.8080 4.100100 5.150150 2. 2. A surveyor made the measurements shown in the diagram below. A surveyor made the measurements shown in the diagram below. What is the measure, in feet, of AB, the straight-line distance across the stream?What is the measure, in feet, of AB, the straight-line distance across the stream? 1.1. 5050 2.2. 7575 3.3. 8080 4.4. 100100 5.5. 150150 2. 2. A surveyor made the measurements shown in the diagram below. A surveyor made the measurements shown in the diagram below. What is the measure, in feet, of AB, the straight-line distance across the stream?What is the measure, in feet, of AB, the straight-line distance across the stream? 1.1. 5050 2.2. 7575 3.3. 8080 4.4. 100100 5.5. 150150

6 6 Sample Science Question Science test questions require you to understand, interpret, or apply information that is provided on the test or that is learned through life experience. The information may be a paragraph, chart, table, graph, map, or figure. 4. A large fiberglass tank was placed in a pit, as shown below. Before pipes could be attached and the tank filled with gasoline, however, the workers were asked to move the heavy tank to another location. Which of the following methods would be the best way to raise the tank off the bottom of the pit so that cables could be placed under the tank? 1.Fill the tank with gasoline.Fill the tank with gasoline. 2.Fill the tank with water.Fill the tank with water. 3.Fill the pit with water.Fill the pit with water. 4.Fill the pit with water and fill the tank with gasoline.Fill the pit with water and fill the tank with gasoline. 5.Fill both the pit and the tank with water.Fill both the pit and the tank with water.

7 7 Sample Social Studies Question In every case, to answer the questions in the Social Studies Test, you must understand, apply, analyze, or evaluate the information provided in reading passages, graphics or charts. 1. What is the main idea represented by the artist of the cartoon? 1. Congress cannot pass legislation on health issues.Congress cannot pass legislation on health issues. 2. Hatred exists between Congress and senior citizensHatred exists between Congress and senior citizens 3. Senior citizens are a powerful interest group.Senior citizens are a powerful interest group. 4. Older people are healthier and stronger than the generation before them.Older people are healthier and stronger than the generation before them. 5. Senior citizens favor Congress over the president. Senior citizens favor Congress over the president.

8 8 Sample Language Arts, Reading Question How Shall Employees Conduct Themselves? Guidelines for Conducting Business with Those outside Our Company Our employees are the most effective advertisement of our values, beliefs, and abilities. Always keep in mind that when you are acting in your capacity as our employee, you are contributing materially to the public image and the ultimate success of this company. (5) Gifts for Influence (10)No payment or gift of money, goods, or services should be given or received to influence government or business decisions. Accurate and complete records for all accounts will be strictly monitored for everyones protection. If it becomes apparent to you in the course of the performance of your business responsibilities that a payment of some kind is expected by your business associate, please contact your division president. Conflict of Interest (15) A conflict of interest can be described as a situation where a person has a vested interest in two areas of the business world that may give him or her an unfair advantage in business dealings. Our employees should be sensitive to any relationship that creates such a relationship or even creates the appearance of such a relationship. Keep these rules in mind: Throughout your employment period, be vigilant about potential conflicts of interest between this companys interests and your personal or immediate familys interests. Dont use your position with this company to obtain a personal benefit of any kind. (20) Avoid any action or relationship that creates, or even creates the appearance of, a conflict of interest. For example, having an interest in a nonpublic company that competes or does business with our company or any of its affiliates might create the appearance of a conflict of interest and might prompt accusations and/or an investigation. Disclosure (25) This company respects your privacy, as well as your right to conduct your personal affairs without interference; however, you must make prompt, complete, and continuing disclosure of all facts relating to any factual or potential conflict of interest. Investigations (30) Inquiries or investigations may be undertaken at this companys direction by its attorneys, investigators, internal auditors, or independent public accountants. Employees should regard this vigilance as the companys commitment not only to fair competition but also to the protection of its employees. Your cooperation is needed for your protection as well as that of this company, and it is a condition of your employment. This excerpt is a composite of information from several business documents. 3. What is the meaning of the phrase or even creates the appearance of (lines 14–15)? 1. an actual conflict of interestan actual conflict of interest 2. a conflict between the company's interests and your personal or immediate family's interesta conflict between the company's interests and your personal or immediate family's interest 3. a situation that is not truly a conflict of interest but may appear to bea situation that is not truly a conflict of interest but may appear to be 4. the company's high standards for employee personal appearance and behaviorthe company's high standards for employee personal appearance and behavior 5. a situation that is within your personal affairsa situation that is within your personal affairs

9 9 Language Arts, Writing Sample Part I Question June 24, 2002 Jonathan Quinn Employment Director Capital City Gardening Services 4120 Wisconsin Ave., NW Washington, DC 20016 Dear Mr. Quinn: (A) (1) I would like to apply for the landscape supervisor position advertised in the Sunday, June 23rd edition of the Washington Post. (2) My work experience and education combined with your need for an experienced landscape supervisor have resulted in a relationship that would profit both parties. (3) In May, I graduated from Prince William Community College. (4) Graduating with an associate of arts degree in horticulture. (5) My concentration within the program was designing gardens and choosing the appropriate plants for particular soils and regions. (6) I have also had considerable supervising experience. (7) For several years, I have worked with a local company, Burke Nursery and Garden Center, and have been responsible for supervising the four members of the planting staff. (B) (8) Our community knows that Capital City Gardening Services is a company that does excellent work and strives hard to meet the demands of its clients. (9) As my references will attest, I am a diligent worker and have the respect of both my coworkers and my customers. (10) I will be, as a landscape supervisor at your firm, able to put to use the skills and knowledge that I have obtained from my professional career and education. (11) I have included a copy of my resume, which details my principal interests education, and past work experience. (12) I have also included photographs of the landscape projects I have supervised as well as drawings of proposed projects. (C) (13) I am excited about the opportunities and many challenges that this position would provide. (14) Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Patrick Jones 1219 Cedar Lane Manassas, VA 20109 Sample Question: 1.Sentence 2: My work experience and education combined with your need for an experienced landscape supervisor have resulted in a relationship that would profit both parties.Which correction should be made to sentence 2? 1. insert a comma after educationinsert a comma after education 2. change combined to combinechange combined to combine 3. change have resulted to would resultchange have resulted to would result 4. replace profit with prophetreplace profit with prophet 5. replace parties with party'sreplace parties with party's

10 10 Language Arts, Writing Sample Part II, Essay Topic SAMPLE ESSAY TOPIC What is one important goal you would like to achieve in the next few years? In your essay, identify that one goal and explain how you plan to achieve it. Use your personal observations, experience, and knowledge to support your essay. Scoring well-focused main points clear organization specific development of your ideas control of sentence structure, punctuation, grammar, word choice, and spelling

11 11 Passing the tests Minimum of a 410 on each test; Average of 450 on each test; Minimum cumulative score of 2250; Approximately 60% of questions correct to pass; Subject tests can be retaken individually; No waiting period between retests (Dec 2011); Test scores from 2002 to present will count until new test series is released in 2014.

12 12 GED Testing (www.texged.com) Must be taken at an approved GED Testing location See handout with Dallas-area locations; Go online: www.texged.comwww.texged.com Call: 1-800-626-9433 (800-62-MY GED) Testing schedules and procedures vary by testing location Currently paper and pencil test and CANNOT be taken online Test available in English, Spanish and French

13 13 Eligibility (18 years old and up) In order to take the GED tests, an applicant must: Have a government (national or foreign) issued photo ID; Be 18 years of age; Be a resident of the state of Texas; Not be enrolled in an accredited high school; and Not be a high school graduate.

14 14 Eligibility (under 18 years of age) You can test at 17, if: (See Texas Education Code) Texas Education Code You have a government (national or foreign) issued photo ID; You are a resident of Texas; You are not enrolled in school (you are excepted if you are enrolled in an approved in-school GED preparation program); You are not a high school graduate; and You must have parental/guardian permission. You can test at 16, if: (See Texas Education Code)Texas Education Code The applicant has a government (national or foreign) issued photo ID; The applicant is a resident of the state; In the care of a state agency or under a court order** or in a Job Corps training program;Job Corps Is not enrolled in school; and Is not a high school graduate.

15 15 Costs Costs vary by testing location Range from $60-$100 Full test fee ($41-$150) GED Certificate fee ($15) Practice test fee ($10-$20) Retest fee ($5-$30) Request transcript online for 1994-present ($5) www.texged.com – GEDi online system www.texged.com SSN/File ID number and DOB required

16 16 GED Preparation GED Classes Study guides by subject Complete study guides Online practice – GED subject websites Online tutoring – Adult Learning Center

17 17 GED Preparation Classes See handout, GED Referral Variances by location Schedules and registration dates Orientation and registration processes Term offerings Time commitment for students Volunteer-led vs. paid instructors Cost Spanish GED preparation

18 18 GED Preparation – Study Guides Subject Study Guides Complete Study Guides Steck-Vaughn – GED certified Contemporarys, McGraw-Hill, Princeton Review, Barrons, Kaplan Buy for $10-$40 each online or used Check out/Request study guide from the library Books published since 2002 Practice tests, practice questions and answers with explanations

19 19 GED Preparation – Online Help Contemporarys GED practice online Practice test by subject Chapter review quizzes Instant practice test results with feedback www.GEDMath.com www.GEDReading.com www.GEDWriting.com www.GEDScience.com www.GEDSocialstudies.com

20 20 GED Preparation – Online Help Adult Learning Center powered by Brainfuse Access to free, live online tutors, 7 days a week Dallas Public Library card and PIN number

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23 23 Thank you! Questions? Comments? Concerns? Call 214-671-8291 to register for GED orientation and pre-testing


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