The GED tests are designed to measure understanding in subject areas comparable to a high school program. You are required to write an essay for Part II of the Language Arts Writing test. All other tests consist of multiple choice questions.
Language Arts Reading (40 multiple-choice questions, 1 hour and 5 minutes)
- 75% Literary texts
- 25% Non-fiction texts
Language Arts Writing (2 hours)
Part I (50 multiple-choice questions, 1 hour and 15 minutes)
Part II (Essay, 45 minutes)
- 30% sentence structure
- 30% word usage
- 25% mechanics
- 15% organization
Part I will be worth approximately 60% of your total mark for the Language Arts Writing test.
Mathematics (40 multiple-choice questions)
Part I (25 multiple-choice questions, 45 minutes)
Part II (25 multiple-choice questions, 45 minutes)
- 20-30% Number operations and number sense
- 20-30% Measurement and geometry
- 20-30% Data analysis, statistics and probability
- 20-30% Algebra, functions and patterns
The item sets require you to access multiple pieces of information including bar graphs, pie charts, tables, and diagrams. The test booklets are separated into two parts and contain a formula page. Part I permits the use of a calculator, Part II does not. You will have practice time with the calculator prior to the test. Everyone will use a Casio fx 260 Solar calculator which will be provided. The two parts of the Mathematics test are equally weighted and you must pass both parts.
Social Studies (50 multiple-choice questions, 1 hour and 10 minutes)
- 40% History
- 20% Economics
- 25% Civics and government
- 15% Geography
Science (50 multiple-choice questions, 1 hour and 20 minutes)
- 45% Life science
- 20% Earth and space science
- 35% Physical science
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