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What Are The GED® Test Like?

With the exception of Part II of the Language Arts: Writing Test, which requires an essay, all questions on the GED® Tests are "multiple choices" with five possible answers given. The questions range in difficulty from easy to hard, and cover a wide range of subjects. The content of the test are as follows:

 Language Arts: Writing - Part I
(50 questions, 75 minutes)
30% Sentence Structure
30% Usage
25% Mechanics
15% Organization

Language Arts: Writing - Part II
(essay, 45 minutes)

Language Arts: Reading
(40 questions, 65 minutes)
75% Literacy Text
25% Nonfiction Prose

Social Studies
(50 questions, 70 minutes)
25% U.S. History
25% Civics & Government
20% Economics
15% Geography
15% World History

        Mathematics - Part I (Calculator)
(25 questions, 45 minutes)

Mathematics - Part II (No Calculator)
(25 questions, 45 minutes)
20-30% Number, Number Sense & Operations
20-30% Measurement & Geometry
20-30% Data, Statistics & Probability
20-30% Algebra, Functions & Patterns

·         Science
(50 questions, 80 minutes)
45% Life Science
35% Physical Science
20% Earth & Space Science



GED® candidates must achieve a standard score of 410 or above on each of the five tests and a total standard score of at least 2,250 on the entire battery (average score 450 on each test).

In addition to the five tests, Illinois residents are required to pass an examination on American patriotism and the principles of representative government as enunciated in the US Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution of the State of Illinois, as well as on the proper use and display of the American Flag. Students who have completed this requirement during their enrollment in high school will not be required to re-take the Constitution Test, if they can obtain verification from their previous high school.
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