Here are some significant features of the GED® Tests:
- Candidates will be asked to apply their knowledge of each
subject to real-world situations. Business-related and
adult-context information texts will appear in all five tests.
- The Language Arts Writing Test requires candidates to
write an essay that documents the ability to write and communicate
- The Mathematics Test will introduce the use of the
scientific calculator for one-half of the test, and some questions
will require testers to fill in the correct answer rather than
- The Language Arts Reading Test will select reading
material from newly defined time periods in fiction, nonfiction,
prose, poetry, and drama.
- Excerpts from the Declaration of Independence, the United
States Constitution, the Federalist Papers and landmark Supreme
Court decisions will appear in the Social Studies Test.
- A political cartoon, graph, chart, map, diagram, or
photograph will be found on each page.
- In the Science Test, candidates will be asked to select
the best way to set up an experiment, interpret others' results,
analyze experimental flaws, apply scientific conclusions to their
personal lives, and use the work of renowned scientists to explain
everyday global scientific issues.
- The GED® Tests will require testers to apply, analyze, and
evaluate the information they know about these subjects by using
the information provided to answer multiple-choice questions.
The GED® Test is divided into its five sub-tests. The number
of questions in each test and the amount of time allowed to complete
each test are shown below.
||Number of Questions
||Time Limit (Minutes)
Language Arts, Writing, Part I
Language Arts, Writing, Part II
|Language Arts, Reading
|Mathematics, Part I - Calculator
Part 2 - No Calculator
||240 + Essay
||435 = 7 ¼ hr.