Back to Basics

Grab a handful of t-shirts, sweatshirts, and a good pair of jeans. Add in some comfy joggers, and in these days of social distancing, you’ve got yourself a wardrobe! In the fashion world, these common pieces of clothing are often referred to as basics. This is because they are considered foundational items upon which you can build your own personal sense of style.

Oddly enough, education has a series of basics too. If you are studying for your high school equivalency (HSE) exam, you know them well. Reading, writing, math, science, and social studies are widely cited as the basics of a solid education. But there is an even deeper basic testers need to understand.

Test Basics

The GED, HiSET, and TASC test-makers do not expect testers to come to the table with memorized facts and figures within the subject areas. HSE tests are built on the basics of reading and reasoning. In other words, they want to see if students can read passages, facts, and information about a given topic and critically think through questions about what they learned. The exams ask the tester to use the information within the test itself to make educated choices.

For this reason is becomes extremely important for learners to bulk up their reading comprehension and problem-solving skills, in addition to studying subject content. Reading truly is the basis of all HSE subsections. From reading directions and passages, to sorting through answer choices, reading and reasoning are the basics all testers need.

If you are struggling with study or simply need to know where to begin, building reading skills is always a great place to start! Over-prepping in this basic area will provide major long term benefits.

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