What is on the GED® test?
The GED® tests are composed of five multiple choice tests and one essay test. The areas tested include:
Language Arts: Writing
The writing Skills Test consists of two major parts. The score for this is a combination of both scores.
Part I (Time Limit 75 minutes)
This 50 multiple-choice question test will assess one’s ability to edit and correct problems in basic English usage, sentence structure, mechanics, and organization.
Part II The Essay (Time Limit 45 minutes)
Examinees must respond to an essay topic about a common issue or problem. The purpose of the essay is to assess an examinee’s ability to plan, organize and clearly communicate their thoughts in writing.
Language Arts: Reading (Time Limit – 65 minutes)
This test measures examinees’ ability to comprehend, analyze and interpret literary selections from prose fiction and nonfiction (including business documents), drama and poetry.
The Mathematics test is given in two parts. The score for this test is a combination of both parts.
Part I (Time Limit 45 minutes)
Permits use of a calculator provided by the testing site, the Casio fx – 260 Solar calculator
Part II (Time Limit 45 minutes)
No calculator permitted. Focuses on mental math.
The Mathematics test measures problem-solving skills in number sense and relationships, decimals, fractions, percents, algebra, geometry, data, statistics, and probability. The focus is on the ability to solve problems in realistic contexts. Some questions may involve analyzing multiple pieces of information – charts, graphs, and tables.
Science (Time Limit – 80 minutes)
The Science Test measures your knowledge of basic science concepts. It is based on the National Science Education Standards and will test in the specific areas of Life, Earth and Space, and Physical sciences.
Social Studies (Time Limit 70 minutes)
The Social Studies Test measures the ability to comprehend and use information in the content areas of U.S. and world history, economics, civics, government, and geography. The focus of this test is assessing the examinees’ ability to use concepts and information to solve and answer problems.
For more information please visit: GED® Sample Test Questions.