General Educational Development
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New English GED tests became effective January 1, 2002, and partial
scores from previous English-language GED tests may not be combined with
scores from the 2002 series GED tests. On January 1, 2004, the new
series of Spanish- and French-language GED tests were introduced.
Partial scores from previous series of tests in those languages may not
be combined with the new series.
Here are some features of the GED Tests:
- The GED Test takes approximately 7-3/4 hours to complete. You do
not have take all five sub-tests at one time.
- Candidates are asked to apply their knowledge of each subject to
real-world situations. Business-related content texts appear in all
- The Language Arts Writing test requires
candidates to write an essay that documents the ability to write and
- The Mathematics test uses a scientific
calculator for the first half of the test. Some of the questions are
open-ended and require some of the answers be entered on to an
Alternate Grid or a Coordinate Plane.
- The Language Arts Reading test contains
selected reading materials from defined time periods in fiction,
nonfiction, poetry, and drama.
- Excerpts from the Declaration of Independence, The United State
Constitution, and landmark Supreme Court decisions 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 are 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 require candidates to apply, analyze, and evaluate
the information they know about these subjects by the information
provided to answer multiple-choice questions.
- All of the questions on the GED test are multiple-choice with
five possible answers given. The questions range in difficulty from
easy to hard, and cover a wide range of subjects in each test.
The GED Test
GED Practice Test
GED Testing Centers