What is the GED® Test?
GED® is a brand name and registered trademark for a test used to measure high school equivalency. The GED® tests were developed to allow adults a "second opportunity" to prove acquisition of contemporary high school skills and life skills. For the thousands of West Virginians who have not completed high school, the issuance of the State of West Virginia General Educational Development (GED) Diploma, based on the five GED® content area tests, provides them with the opportunity to demonstrate academic skills at a high school level of competency.
Subtests of the GED® Test
Language Arts, Writing
The Language Arts, Writing Test has two parts.
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There is a time limit of 70 minutes to complete the Social Studies Test which consists of multiple-choice questions designed to measure concepts and skills from the academic high school subject areas of:
There is a time limit of 80 minutes to complete the Science Test which consists of multiple-choice questions designed to measure concepts and skills from:
Language Arts, Reading
There is a time limit of 65 minutes to complete The Language Arts, Reading Test. It consists of multiple-choice questions designed to measure your knowledge of various genres, understanding of literary periods and movements, comprehension, analytical skills, and application skills.
Literary texts constitute 75% of each test and include at least one selection from each of the following areas:
Nonfiction texts constitute 25% of each test and include two selections of nonfiction prose from any two of the following areas:
The Mathematics Test contains multiple-choice questions consisting of alpha-numerical and numerical problems that emphasize the ability to solve real-life problems and the ability to perform multi-step computations.
This test includes content from the areas of:
This test consists of two parts. There is a total time limit of 90 minutes for the Mathematics Test. You are allotted 45 minutes for each part.