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The Challenge: Relating a Text and a Diagram

On the GED Tests, students may encounter a diagram that accompanies a reading passage. A diagram usually provides an overview of the concept in the passage or adds more information. If a text is difficult to comprehend, going back and forth between the text and the image may help clear up confusion.

When both text and a diagram are provided, teach students to get an overview by looking at the diagram first, particularly its title and main images. Then have them read the text and return to the diagram for a more thorough review. Many diagrams on the GED Tests have titles or captions that identify the topic and labels or words that describe the parts of the diagram or the process depicted.