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You cannot expect to do well in the test without adequate information about the test. You will find various sources like study guides, student councilors at high schools, adult education centers, internet etc. Make sure that you make the best possible use of all resources and gather as much information as you can. The more information you have, the better prepared you will be to take the test. Here is some very useful information that will help you to plan your preparation.

GED Social Science Test

This test has a total of 50 multiple-choice questions. The time allotted to complete the test is 80 minutes. 25% of the multiple choice questions are related to United States or Canada’s history. 15% of the questions are related to world history. Questions related to resources, war, religion and politics can be asked here. 15% of the multiple-choice questions are regarding geography. It includes the questions related to the division of continents, surface of the earth, countries, climate, plants, animals, inhabitants, natural resources and industries of various divisions.

Questions related to Civics and Government cover 25% of the total questions of the social science section. Generally the questions regarding the civil affairs and the rights and duties of the citizenship are asked. 20 % of this section are concerned with Economics. Questions asked are related to production, distribution and consumption of wealth along with problems of finance, taxation etc.

The questions may be asked in the form of paragraphs, tables, maps, graphs, figures, photographic representation or cartoon. In order to answer the questions you must grasp, concentrate, analyze and determine the information that has been given.

GED Language Arts, Reading Test-:

This section contains 40 multiple-choice questions. The time allotted is 65 minutes. The questions are divided into two sections.

The Literary Text constitutes 75 %. It includes at least one part each from each of the following areas: Poetry, Drama, Prose Fiction.

The Non Fiction text constitutes 25 % and has questions related to non-fiction prose. These reading varieties can vary from 200 to 400 words. Each section is thus followed by four to eight questions.

GED Science Test

It consists of 50 multiple-choice questions, to be completed in 80 minutes. The questions are based on physical science, life science and Earth and Space science. The Physical science questions make up 20%, Life science questions make up 45% and the Earth and Space science questions make up 20%. The Physical Science contains questions relating to Physics and Chemistry.

In this test, the information may be provided in the form of a paragraph, chart, table, graph, map or figure.

GED Mathematics Test

This test consists of 50 questions. The time allotted for this is 90 minutes. It determines the test-taker's understanding of mathematical concepts and the act of applying these concepts to various circumstances.

The mathematical section is separated into two parts carrying equal weight age. For the first part, the candidate can use the calculator to calculate the answers whereas in part 2 the examinees will not be allowed to use the calculator. The questions are related with evaluation of the number operations and number sense; measurement and geometry, data analysis, statistics, and probability; algebra, functions, and patterns.

Each part contains 25 questions. The questions are not entirely multiple-choice questions.

How To Prepare

After acquiring the full knowledge of the syllabus, you should try to recognize and overcome your week points. Devote as much time as possible to each of the five subjects. Time management is a must. Lots of books related to this test are available in the market like "Cracking the GED" by Princeton Review, "Master the GED" by Ronald K Kaprov. You can purchase these books or if desired can join some coaching institute. You can also consult the different websites or prepare on your own.

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