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Using Comprehension Skills

Summarizing information and drawing conclusions from text or graphics are important skills on the GED Tests. The ability to comprehend information is a first step in the critical thinking process.

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It is important that you know your blood cholesterol levels as well as the different types of cholesterol. Your doctor will test for total cholesterol as well as HDL and LDL cholesterol. HDL stands for high-density lipoprotein. HDL is considered "good" cholesterol because it seems to protect people from heart attack and/or stroke. That means that—unlike other cholesterol levels—the higher your HDL, the better. LDL stands for low-density lipoprotein. This is the main carrier of harmful cholesterol in your blood. A high level of LDL means a higher risk of heart disease exists.

  1. Which of the following is a summary of the information in this passage?
    (1) a high level of LDL cholesterol helps prevent heart disease
    (2) there are both good and bad types of cholesterol
    (3) your cholesterol levels should be checked every 6 months
    (4) a low level of HDL cholesterol is essential for good health
    (5) HDL and LDL levels should be tested at different times

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