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Defining Synthesis Skills

Synthesis questions assess the student’s ability to create a new whole from pieces of information. In general, synthesis questions require the ability to

  • Use known ideas to generate new ideas
  • Make generalizations based on pieces of information provided
  • Relate knowledge from a wide range of areas
  • Make predictions based on information provided in a passage or graphic

One excellent example of a synthesis question is the expository essay on the GED Language Arts Writing Test. Students must synthesize their own ideas and experiences to create unique responses. In Language Arts Reading, synthesis items require students to

  • Integrate information from various parts of a text
  • Integrate information from outside the text with elements within the text
  • Interpret the organizational structure of the text
  • Interpret the overall tone, point of view, style, or purpose of a text
  • Compare and contrast information provided in the text

In Science, synthesis items require students to

  • Identify a problem and design and develop a solution
  • Make predictions based on information provided in a passage or graphic