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Reviewing the GED Tests and What They Cover

Part of the The GED For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Before you begin to prepare for something as important as passing the GED tests, you need to know what you’re getting into — namely, what the GED tests are all about. Each test is a series of multiple-choice questions, each having five possible answers. (However, some of the Mathematics Test questions have fill-in-the-blank answers, and the Language Arts, Writing Test, Part II requires you to write an essay.) The GED tests vary in length and have different numbers of questions. The information in the following table gives you a brief overview of each test.

Test Test Structure Time Allowed (In Minutes)
Language Arts, Writing, Part I 50 multiple-choice questions 75
Language Arts, Writing, Part II 1 essay 45
Social Studies 50 multiple-choice questions 70
Science 50 multiple-choice questions 80
Language Arts, Reading 40 multiple-choice questions 65
Mathematics, Part I 25 multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank questions 45 (with calculator)
Mathematics, Part II 25 multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank questions 45 (without calculator)

Now that you know the face of the enemy, you can begin to prepare to meet its challenges.

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