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GED Tests

GED Tests important note: You have probably heard that the GED is being radically changed. That is true, but changes won't happen until 2014. The information below still applies until then.

The battery of five tests commonly known as the GED includes the following tests:

The GED Language Arts Reading Test
The GED Language Arts Writing Test
The GED Social Studies Test
The GED Science Test
The GED Mathematics Test

These standardized tests are designed to measure the applicant's skills based on the educational materials a high school student is expected to understand and comprehend. The subject matter featured in these tests reflects a wide range of knowledge, including information from both academic and business-related writings and documents. Test questions are selected without bias regarding the exam applicant's age, culture, or economic background.

Each individual GED test is taken under the guidance of the ACE GED Testing Centers in a controlled condition within a set time. Taking all of the tests in one sitting requires physical stamina and concentration, since test completion takes approximately 7 hours and 5 minutes.

GED Language Arts Reading Test
The GED Language Arts Reading Test measures the applicant's reading skills. In an attempt to simulate typical high school reading assignments, the 75 percent of the GED Language Reading Test consists of literary or fiction texts, and 25 percent of the GED Language Reading Test consists of nonfiction texts.

GED Tests

GED Language Arts Writing Test
The GED Language Arts Writing Test is divided into two parts. Part 1 measures the applicant's writing skills by testing for writing organization, structure, and usage. Part 2 measures the applicant's writing skills related to his or her ability to compose a written essay.

GED Social Studies Test
The GED Social Studies Test measures an applicant's skill in history, geography, economics, civics, and government. The content and context of the questions in several areas of the GED Social Studies exam differ depending on whether the test is taken in the United States or in Canada, in order to accurately reflect the differences between the educational learning materials of the two countries.

GED Science Test
The GED Science Test measures an applicant's skill in science-related areas of study. The content of the GED Science exam is divided into three primary areas of scientific study, including the physical sciences, the life sciences, and the earth-space sciences.

GED Mathematics Test
The GED Mathematics Test measures an applicant's skill in mathematics related study. The content of the GED Mathematics exam is divided into four primary areas of mathematical study, including the student's understanding of common numerical operations, geometry, data analysis, statistics and probability, and algebra.

GED Language Arts Reading Test
GED Language Arts Writing Test
GED Language Arts Writing Test Part 2 Essay
GED Social Studies Test
GED Science Test
GED Mathematics Test
GED Update Test Versions
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Last Updated: 05/15/2014

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