Open Book Questions

With the GED test, the science and reading subtests will be structured as so-called open book tests.

Practically all resources that test-takers must know to answer the questions correctly are provided.

Next Lesson:  What is “outside knowledge”

Video Transcript

Some 80 to 90 percent of all the questions on the Science test can be answered correctly if you use just the data and information provided in the passages and graphs and charts that appear in the test.

Just some 10 to 20 percent of the Science questions are using (what we are calling) outside information.

The problem lies in the fact that most GED test-takers are not really experienced in taking open book tests.

So many are tending to struggle.

To easily overcome this problem, you just should get familiar with this sort of open book questions and tests and get conversant in these tests.

We are suggesting to bear this in mind. So focus on this website’s GED Science practice questions that are requiring you to cite evidence and draw in information.

Some 10 to 20 percent of all Science questions will rely at least slightly on some sort of outside knowledge or information, or require you to understand scientific terminology. The mere fact that you are not familiar with the question’s terminology, or that you just don’t know this sort of outside information, will not mean that it’s not possible for you to come to the correct answer by just using what you already know about the underlying topic.

So we are encouraging you to use sheer logic and that you use the elimination process to answer the questions correctly on subject fields that you may be unfamiliar with to some extent.