Recognizing the Knowledge and Skills Required to Pass the GED Social Studies Test

By Achim K. Krull, Murray Shukyn

Part of GED Social Studies Test For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Uncertainty can generate significant test anxiety. Knowing what’s on the GED Social Studies test will reduce that anxiety. To do well on the test, you need to be able to do the following:

  • Read, understand, and analyze social studies content presented in reading passages.

  • Identify the central idea in a reading passage.

  • Understand information presented in graphic formats, including charts, tables, maps, illustrations, photos, and political cartoons.

  • Draw conclusions based on information presented in a variety of formats.

  • Develop solutions to problems using the information provided.

  • Cite specific evidence in a source to support conclusions.

  • Identify people, places, environments, processes, and events and their interactions.

  • Tell the difference between fact, opinion, and judgment in a written source document.

  • Tell the difference between supported and unsupported claims.

  • Recognize bias and propaganda in a reading passage and evaluate the credibility of the author.

  • Understand cause-and-effect relationships and distinguish between correlation and causation.

  • Compare and contrast ideas from two or more sources.

  • Analyze how historical context shapes a person’s point of view.

  • Figure out the meaning of unfamiliar social studies terminology based on the context in which it’s used.

  • Write a well-reasoned, well-structured, and well-supported essay that clearly expresses your ideas.