The Science Test consists of 50 multiple choice questions in the following content areas:
- Physical Science (physics and chemistry) (35%)
- Life Science (45%)
- Earth and Space Science (20%)
The information may be a paragraph, chart, table, graph, map, or figure. Test questions require you to understand, interpret, or apply information that is provided on the test or that is learned through life experience.
Language Arts, Reading
The Language Arts, Reading Test contains 40 multiple-choice questions that measure your ability to comprehend and interpret work-place and academic reading sections and to apply those interpretations to new contexts. The questions ask you to understand, apply, analyze, and synthesize information that you are given in the reading sections.
The Social Studies Test contains 50 multiple-choice questions from the following areas:
- History (United States or Canada, 25%; World, 15%)
- Geography (15%)
- Civics and Government (25%)
- Economics (20%)
The information provided may be one or more paragraphs, a chart, table, graph, map, photograph, cartoon, or figure. In every case, to answer the questions in the Social Studies Test, you must understand, apply, analyze, or evaluate the information.
The Mathematics Test is divided into two equally weighted parts, each containing 25 questions. On Part 1 of the test, you may use the Casio fx-260 calculator to compute answers. A calculator will be provided for your use at the official GED Testing Center. The Mathematics Test assesses your understanding of mathematical concepts and the application of those concepts to various real world situations. The following four major areas are tested on the Mathematics Test:
- Number operations and number sense (20%-30%)
- Measurement and geometry (20%-30%)
- Data analysis, statistics, and probability (20%-30%)
- Algebra, functions, and patterns (20%-30%)
Language Arts, Writing
The Language Arts, Writing Test has two parts. Part 1 contains 50 multiple-choice questions that require you to revise and edit workplace, “how to”, and informational documents. Part 2 assesses your ability to write an essay about a familiar topic. The scores from both parts are combined and reported as a single score.