About the GED
The official General Educational Development (GED) test is a four-part test that measures skills and knowledge similar to a high school course of study. Since 2014, the test has been administered on computers and is aligned to Common Core standards. There is a heavy emphasis on critical thinking skills, and each section of the test has a variety of questions, including multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank and short answer.
Each section costs $30, for a total cost of $120. Vouchers are available for first-time test takers. Test takers must be at least 16 years old and officially withdrawn from school, if applicable.
Project Learn is an official testing site for the GED. Tests are scheduled through ged.com.
- Reasoning Through Language Arts
The RLA test focuses on the ability to read and write clearly, and to edit and understand standard English in context. Most of the texts are nonfiction, including academic and workplace contexts, and requires some Extended Responses. It takes 150 minutes to complete. For a sample test, click here.
- Social Studies
The Social Studies test focuses on four major content areas: civic and government, US history, economics and geography. In addition to reading comprehension, the test assesses understanding of graphs and data, as well as problem-solving skills, in the context of social studies topics. The focus topics for social studies are development of modern liberties and democracy, and dynamic responses to societal systems. For a sample test, click here.
Life science, physical science and Earth and space science comprise the science test. Like the social studies test, science has a mix of texts and graphs for students to analyze. The focus topics for science are health and human living systems and energy and related systems. For a sample test, click here.
- Mathematical Reasoning
The math section of the GED includes both quantitative and algebraic problem solving, including number operations, geometry, probabilities and functions. Many questions are word problems that put math in the context of everyday life or the workplace. For a sample test, click here.
If you have any questions about the test, please call us at 330-434-9461 or visit ged.com.