1. Identify a summarized idea

Welcome to the Social Studies GED website. This site is designed to provide instruction on specific skills that are required for the Social Studies portion of the GED test. First of all, know that you are trying to accomplish something that 60% of graduating seniors could not do, pass the GED Test.1 As a GED Social Studies instructor for over four years I recognized that most GED instructional materials are really practice materials rather than instructional materials. I made every effort to align this instruction as closely as possible to the GED Test by closely reviewing the American Council on Education's technical manual that outlines content and specific critical thinking skills that will be required to pass the exam. The examples used were chosen to align with the types of documents, charts, images, historical speeches and excerpts that you will see on the GED Test. As a result of this instruction you will be able to complete skills 1-13 in the left sidebar. Click on the links in the sidebar to begin. To return to this page at any time click on the Social Studies GED banner.

2. Distinguish facts from opinions
3. Identify cause and effect relationships
4. Define inference, conclusion, assumption, & logic
5. Identify an inference
6. Distinguish conclusions from supporting statements
7. Identify unstated assumptions
8. Identify a logical fallacy
9. Assess the appropriateness of information to support a conclusion
10. Identify the point of view of an author
11. Identify information that is designed to persuade an audience
12. Compare differing accounts of the same event
13. Contrast differing accounts of the same event

After you have completed the 13 objectives you may continue to a practice assessment.


1 http://www.acenet.edu/Content/NavigationMenu/ged/pubs/GED_Testing_Program_Fact_Sheet_v1_2010%283%29.pdf