GED Test: Curriculum And Preparation

GED Test: Curriculum And Preparation

General Educational Development (GED) test is a set of five examinations which when cleared opens many avenues for students. Students on getting through GED test receive academic credentials akin to a high school level diploma. Many universities use GED test scores as one of their requirements for admitting students in various courses.

They prescribe the range within which they entertain applications from aspirants. However, many institutions refrain from endowing GED the same recognition as any conventional high school degree holds. The test was introduced in 1942, during World War II as a measure of normalising the lives of people residing in the war torn areas.

GED tests are conducted by GED Testing Services which is a collaboration of Pearson and American Council on Education. Candidates, when pass the GED test, are honored with certificates of high school level education qualification by the respective Jurisdiction of the state where the test was held. A candidate can take this test in Spanish or French apart from English.

GED Test Structure

Five examinations are conducted under the head of GED tests which are Social Studies, Sciences, Mathematics, Language Arts: writing and Language: Arts Reading. Social Studies test contains 50 questions on various social, political and historical subjects regarding the world. The wide spectrum of this paper ranges from civics, geography, world history, government to economics. The duration of this test is 70 minutes.

Science examination is an 80 minutes long test comprising of 50 objective type questions. This test assesses a candidate on his understanding and application of scientific concepts and theories. Environmental science, earth science, physics, chemistry and space science are the general spheres of science which students are often quizzed on. This test is not only confined to theoretical questions but also offers a plethora of questions involving diagrams, maps and charts.

Mathematics test is conducted for 90 minutes and the question paper is separated in two sections. The first part contains 40 questions which can be solved with the help of a calculator. But calculators are barred for the 10 questions of the second part. The test paper constitutes of both multiple choice as well as a writing format based questions. Students while preparing for the maths test should specifically focus on algebra, geometry, probability, statistics and numerical operations.

The Language Arts: Reading test requires a candidate to answer 40 questions in 65 minutes. This test is similar to any other reading section of such examinations. Exam takers are evaluated on their ability to read and grasp written material and then interpret it to answer questions following the comprehensive passages. Five fiction passages lifted from literature or recitations and two non-fiction pieces picked from any magazine or newspaper constitute the test paper.

The language Arts: Writing test, segregated in two portions, requires students to focus on their sentence building and usage skills in the first section, while testing their writing skills in the latter part. The 50 questions of the first part are to be completed in 75 minutes and the second section gives the students 45 minutes to frame an essay. Moreover, candidates have the advantage to utilise their time saved in the first section in the writing part.


The wide contours of the test command great dedication and sincerity on the part of the aspirants. All the five subjects can be tricky if not dealt with carefully. On one hand, subjects like mathematics and science require a good understanding and clarity of concepts, on the other hand, social science being a very wide subject can be handled properly only through regular brushing up.

Students taking GED test should keep themselves abreast with the current affairs of the world and also flip through history, civics and geography books. Both the language exams of reading and writing can prove to be the game changers. Many students commit huge mistakes by underestimating Language exams and take them for granted. This is a very wrong approach. GED test takers should try to develop a flair for writing and a knack for reading quickly and accurately.

Attempting as many questions on maths and science as possible available on the internet and other preparatory guide books is a way of ensuring a good score. Mock test papers help candidates in better time management and make them aware of their weak points which command more attention.

Taking the Test

GED test can be taken online or in a written format also called as pencil and paper test. Once a candidate registers himself or herself for appearing in GED test by paying the required amount which varies from state to state, he is asked to schedule his test. The candidate can select the type, date and centre location for his exam.

A candidate can re appear in GED test in case he fails to clear it in the first attempt. Every applicant gets three chances to appear in a year and he needs to take the test of only those subjects again which he could not clear in the previous attempt. The possible range of GED test score is 200 to 800. Only clearing a set of exams can award you with a certification equivalent to a high school diploma. So, why waste time? Just appear and earn a diploma.