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McGraw-HIll's GED : The Most Complete and Reliable Study Program for the GED Tests 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0071381791
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  • Series: VOX Dictionary Series
  • Paperback: 1100 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (September 11, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071381791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071381796
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 2.2 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (348 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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218 of 228 people found the following review helpful By Susan on June 19, 2005
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My children are all home educated. My oldest is now 22 and decided she wants to study graphic arts at the local technical school. She needed the GED to get in. So we bought this book and for 2 weeks studied together for about 2 hrs. a day in the math section, for Math was always my daughter's weak area. I felt the math chapters were very well laid out and each concept presented carefully and clearly. The work even stretched my brain at times, for I haven't done high level "school math" for many years. But with the practice, my brain was refreshed and I could do it, and my "math phobic" daughter could too. In some areas, she was quicker at finding the answers than I was! I never took geometry in school, nor did my daughter study it at home, and we never knew how to find the length of the hypotenuse of a triangle ( we didn't even know what a hypotenuse was!), but I found the geometry so well explained it was easy, and I actually found that chapter quite fun! We decided to skip the Algebra chapter, for my daughter never studied algebra, and she was totally confused from almost the very first. I had taken Algebra, and I did understand the concepts, and thought the presentation was fine. Anyway, my daughter took all the practice tests in the book and she did fine on them. We didn't "study" for anything else but the math, though she did read through most of the other subject sections herself. We were so pleased and relieved to get her GED scores in the mail yesterday and see that she passed! She scored in the 80's in math and science (her weak areas) and scored in the 90's in the others. Her essay score won't come back for 2 weeks, but even without that score she already has way more points than needed to pass. In sharing all this, I just wanted to say this book is indeed very good.Read more ›
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175 of 187 people found the following review helpful By Hendrix F. Ham on March 2, 2002
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I can't imagine anyone who really studys this book failing the NEW GED. The book, while overwhelming in size, is easy to follow and does an excellent job in all five subject areas. Of the five 2002 GED books I use in my classroom, this is clearly the best.
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156 of 167 people found the following review helpful By Luana L. Gilley on March 31, 2006
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I am a vocational counselor helping adults return to school to learn a new career. Most have been out of school for 10-30 years. This tool helps them recover years of ability lost to non-use, but most especially to score much higher on their entrance exams to the colleges, which greatly reduce the number of remedial classes they have to take to bring their skills up enough to enter a degree program. In addition, those that dropped out of High School have been able to get their GED within as little as a week, or the time it takes to get scheduled into the local testing center (usually at your local Community College). It has been the single most important resource for nearly every student I have, and has proven its worth time and time again. You cannot lose with this one!
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98 of 104 people found the following review helpful By D. Stewart on October 13, 2005
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I tutor learning disabled adults for the GED. This book is by far the best. The language is simple and the instructions are great. They learn what they need to know to pass the GED with a decent score and are not overwhelmed with information that they do not need.
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By APrincess on May 28, 2008
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I bought this book about 3 weeks before the test. Ive been out of school for 4 years and my main weakness was mathemetic-I did very badly in this area in school. This book breaks EVERYTHING down to you in a way that makes it easy for you to pass the test with high scores. You dont even particularly need to know the actual subject well. The GED tests your ability to think and ability to discern what questions they are asking-thats it! With math, I took the practiced tests(which I got a lot wrong)-but once I went back and checked the answers-I understood what the questions were asking me to do(Oh-so I just needed to do the Pythagorean theorem..).
I will say, that the tests in this book are about 25 percent harder than the real GED exam, so know that if you consistantly take the tests and go over what you got wrong-YOU WILL SCORE HIGH! No doubt about it.
I took the test this month and already got back my scores
700 Writing
760 Reading
660 Social Studies
680 Science
These are all scores in the high 90th percentiles for graduating high school seniors.The scores speak for themselves. I highly reccomend this book!
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78 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Bad Rad on October 22, 2007
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I bought the McGraw-Hill GED text for my 17 year old child. We decided that it was best for her to get a GED rather than through the traditional method of attending high school for reasons unrelated to this review.

When the book arrived, I was a bit taken aback by this sheer size of it and somewhat concerned that my child would also be alarmed. However, upon reading through the text, I found it very straight forward and easy to follow. We review the chapters together and have set a goal of 2 full chapters per week - there are 30 individual chapters.

In addition, I purchased the text with the optional CD ROM. It contains sample tests which can be taken either at your leisure or using the exam's timer. The sample tests appear somewhat similar in format as well as difficulty to what I took completing my CLEP exams (I'm not sure if that means colleges have been dumbed down or that students are smarter). At the very least, the practice exam format should be good practice for taking this style of exam in the GED (and later in the CLEP exams).

While my child has not taken the GED exam to date, she has studied the text and taken the sample exams on her own which seems to be instilling some new-found confidence in her academic abilities.

For the sheer volume and information, the text is a very good bargain. The chapters are short, well written, and to the point, which make it better for the student who may have difficulties spending large amounts of time covering the material. Finally, I would advise spending the extra few dollars for the CD ROM when deciding which version to purchase.
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