The General Educational Development (GED) test can be taken as an alternate way of earning your high school diploma if situations have prevented you from doing so through high school. The GED test is meant to test you on the five core school subjects- social studies, science, reading, math, and writing.
Social studies consists of 50 multiple choice questions which cover American history, world history, civics, government, economics, and geography. While it’s helpful to have prior knowledge in these areas, for the most part everything needed to answer a question will be supplied in a number of short passages that test takers read before answering the questions.
Science also consists of 50 multiple choice questions on life, earth, space, and physical science. The majority of these questions will be based on a graphic that is supplied above the questions. For example, maps, bar graphs, or charts may be used show the average weather or climate in an area. Test takers will then be asked to decipher the graph in order to answer the questions.
The reading section of the test is 40 questions long and contains five fiction stories and two nonfiction. Test takers will be asked to to read the passage, then answer a series of questions. Some of these will be multiple choice, while others require the tester to analyze the passages.
The math section is often considered the hardest with 50 questions, only some of which are multiple choice. The first section allows test takers to use calculators, however the second part does not. Math generally covers number operation, measurements, probability, statistics, and algebra. Each person will also be supplied with a sheet of paper that has basic mathematical formulas that they can use.
Finally, test takers must take writing. The first section is on sentence structures and will ask the tester to correct passages. In the second section, the tester is required to write a passage based on a random prompt they are given. Each prompt is based on either an opinion or perspective, so test takers will not need to know any additional information on the topic given.