The GED exam is made up of subjects studied in high school. Ease your mind a little by knowing what to expect as you prepare for exam day.
Is it hard to pass the GED?
It depends on how long you stayed in school, how well you can read and do math, your ability to think critically, and how much you study for the test.
To pass the GED, you need to be able to read and understand some basic things, such as a newspaper or a job application. You also have to be able to add, subtract, multiply, and divide without using a calculator.
Do I need to know everything I learned in high school?
No. The GED tests how well you think about different issues based on your life experiences. So even if you have been out of school for a long time, you can probably pass this test if you study for it.
Suppose I don't pass the first time?
You can take the test again. But, many states will make you wait several months before you can take the test again. And some states make you take a course to prepare for the GED if you didn't pass the test the first time. You may also have to pay to take the test again.
How long does the GED test take?
The GED is a long test. It lasts 7 hours and 35 minutes. In some states, you must take the entire test at one time. Other states will let you to take parts of the test each time you come to the testing center.
What subjects are on the GED test?
Writing: This test covers sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, and spelling. There are 50 multiple-choice questions, plus an essay of approximately 250 words on a topic familiar to most adults.
Reading: In this test you will read stories, essays, plays, poetry, fiction, and possibly a review of a movie or television show. You may be asked to restate, summarize, or explain what you have read. You could also be asked to apply what you have read to another situation. The test has 40 multiple-choice questions.
Math: This test covers decimals, fractions, percentages, and basic math problems. There are 50 multiple-choice problems.
Social Studies: This test covers geography, history and related topics. You will be asked information about maps and charts. There are 50 multiple-choice questions in this section.
Science: This test covers biology, chemistry, earth sciences and physical sciences. There are 50 multiple-choice questions in this section.
The better you prepare for each subject, the greater chance you’ll have at passing the GED exam.