The history of the United States is rich in action, drama, and adventure. It has one of the richest histories in the world. That is why it should be easy for you to study it and learn about the country’s past. In the GED test, 20% of the questions focus on US history.
History is important because it answers many questions about the present. How did the US become a federal state? How did it become a country, why is Washington DC called that way? In fact, what you are now is the result of hundreds of years of history that shaped the United States of America into what it is today. History explains what we are now.
Tips for studying US history for the GED test:
- Develop an appreciation for history.
Studying US history can be difficult or easy, depending on your attitude towards it. If you think of it as boring happenings in the past, you’d find it hard to concentrate. If your attitude to history is like excitement and curiosity, then studying will be a breeze.
- Remember important dates and names.
Write important dates and names and understand their importance in history. Using flashcards and watching GED video lessons will help you remember key points in US history.
- Draw a timeline of events.
Drawing a timeline of important events in history is another technique that will help you remember and understand the connection between events.
- Take practice tests.
Take GED practice tests for social studies to familiarize yourself with the types of questions you might encounter during the actual GED exam.
Read this GED Study Guide to know the exact topics under US history that you need to cover when you study for the GED test.
Here are some samples of US history test questions:
- What was the date of Columbus’ arrival to the shores of America?
- October 12, 1492
- October 14, 1292
- October 12, 1942
- None of the above
- When and where was the Constitution signed?
- September 17, 1787, in Massachusetts
- November 21, 1787, in Philadelphia
- September 17, 1787, in Philadelphia
- November 21, 1787, in Massachusetts
- Who was Rosa Parks?
- A civil rights activist
- An actress in the 1900’s
- Secretary of state
- Wife of martin Luther King Junior