Many teenagers and adults lack a high school diploma, hindering their entry into higher learning and the workforce. The GED® High School Equivalency Exam is recognized by colleges and universities worldwide as satisfying their entry requirement of a High School diploma.
The GED® exams were revamped for 2014. Their new computer-based format has new question types and consists of four sections: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.
The English Language Arts exam tests Reading Comprehension, Language, and Writing.
In the Reading section, students must read texts ranging between 450-900 words. 75% of the texts are informational; 25% are fiction. Students must read closely, determine the main idea, point of view, meaning of words and phrases, and other inferences and claims.
The Language section tests students’ command of English language conventions including grammar, usage, capitalization, and punctuation. Students demonstrate knowledge by selecting the best alternative from drop-down menus and by editing texts.
In the Writing section, students must analyze arguments and use evidence to develop ideas. The writing must have correct structure and use standard English conventions with clarity and command of language rules.
In the Math exam, students may use a calculator for most sections; while computation problems must be performed without any calculating device. 45% of the problems test quantitative problem solving; 55% test algebraic problem solving. Emphasis is placed on applying mathematical skills and ideas to real world problems. Statistics and data interpretation competence must be demonstrated.
The Science exam tests scientific knowledge and reasoning. 40% is Life Science based, 40% is Physical Science, 20% is Earth Science.
The Social Studies exam demands that students analyze arguments, use evidence, and apply reasoning skills. Test material is based 40% on civics and government, 20% on US History, 15% Economics, and 15% Geography and the World.
What about students taking the New York TASC test, or the HISET High School Equivalency Exam?
Melamed Academy’s GED-Aligned Comprehensive Study course is suitable for students seeking to fill knowledge and skill gaps in preparation for the GED® High-School equivalency exam. Students taking the TASC or HiSet exams receive the same course, with a different review section. Every learner receives sets of simulated tests matching those question types on his designated exam.
How does the course accommodate learners of different levels?
This course prescribes a customized learning prescription for every student, based on a series of pretests that check proficiency and knowledge. This course is designed to service students of all backgrounds – ranging from minimal High School experience through more advanced learners.
Teacher support and guidance is provided in all subjects, according to students’ individual pace.
How much time does the course take?
All course material is available to the student 24 hours a day, for the entire enrollment period. Students can complete the courses as quickly as works for their schedules.
Average time span of the course for a teenage student without high school education is one -two years, at the pace of an hour a day. A student with a limited academic background, and with less study hours, will require additional time. An adult learner with strong study skills and mature educational ability can complete the course in a shorter time span, between three to nine months.
When considering the time span of the course, it’s important to consider the student’s end goal. Knowledge that is quickly acquired can also be quickly forgotten, defeating the purpose of education. Learning in a systematic and disciplined fashion will serve the student well in his future endeavors.
What’s better and different about Melamed Academy’s course?
Melamed Academy provides placement tests, and starts the courses at the student’s level for each subject. Courses are suitable for independent study, containing visually-presented lessons in a convenient online course, with no need for books or other materials. Melamed’s courses are provided with a Torah-observant framework, with the option of kosher filtered laptops. Students have the opportunity to study at an individual pace, in a supportive environment with academic supervision from expert educators.
GED® is a registered trademark of the American Council on Education (ACE) and administered exclusively by GED Testing Service LLC under license. Melamed Academy’s course uses test prep products from an official vendor of the GED Testing Service.