The GED Social Studies Test

What kind of test is this? The GED Social Studies Test consists of multiple-choice questions. These questions require you to know some basic social studies 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 social studies concepts
Be able to interpret illustrations and reading passages
Be able to show that you can:

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

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

What does the test look like? There are 64 multiple-choice questions, and you will be given 85 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 maps, charts, graphs, or political cartoons.

What is on the test? The GED Social Studies 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:

History 25%
Economics 20%
Political Science 20%
Behavioral Science 20%
Geography 15%

A given question may draw from a number of these subjects. It’s hard to discuss society or people without touching on a number of topics. For example, a question of the U.S. Constitution may draw from material covered in both political science and history.

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%