The GED Science Test

What kind of test is this? The GED Science Test consists of multiple-choice questions. These questions require you to know some basic science concepts. The test emphasizes your ability to think about these concepts. You will not have to recall an isolated fact or date as on some tests. Rather, you will read a passage or look at an illustration and answer questions based on it. To answer successfully, you will need to:

Have an understanding of basic science concepts
Be able to interpret illustrations and reading passages

Understand what you read.
Apply information to a new situation.
Analyze relationships among ideas.
Make judgments about the material presented.

Be able to show that you can:

You already do all of these different kinds of thinking in daily life.

What does the test look like? There are 66 multiple-choice questions, and you will be given 95 minutes to complete the test. About two-thirds of the questions will be based on reading passages of up to 250 words each, and one-third will be based on diagrams, charts, or graphs.

What is on the test? The GED Science Test can be broken down into the content areas it covers and the skills it tests. These subjects make up the content of the test:

Life Sciences 50%


Physical Sciences 50%

Earth Science, Chemistry and Physics

A given question may draw from a number of these subjects. It is hard to discuss society or people without touching on a number of topics. For example, a question on air pollution may draw from material covered in both biology and chemistry.

Also, remember that you are being tested on your ability to think about certain ideas and concepts. You will be asked to do more than just find an answer that was given in a passage.

Thinking skills that you will be tested on include:

Understanding Ideas 20%
Applying Ideas 30%
Analyzing Ideas 30%
Evaluating Ideas 20%