The GED® Social Studies Test is 70 minutes long and contains multiple-choice questions. There are usually 35 questions. To pass the test you need to answer correctly between 23 and 25 questions.
The GED social studies test has many questions from four content domains that you need to answer correctly to pass the GED:
Civics and Government 50%, United States History 20%, Geography 15%, and Economics 15%.
You’ll also need to understand a few important historical documents; there are questions about The Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution Landmark Supreme Court cases. These lessons are NOT difficult.
However, you don’t need to remember any specific dates or facts. The test mostly assesses your reading comprehension and interpreting charts and maps skills.
Although questions use social studies content, the main goal is to check your reading comprehension.
You should demonstrate the following skills:
- Noticing patterns
- Finding signal words
- Synthesizing and analyzing information
- Finding textual evidence to support the ideas
- Making logical inference
- Responding to text-dependent questions
- Reading graphs
Probably, you already have some of these skills. You’ve developed them throughout your life. We will teach you how to improve these skills.
So, with a little help from this course, you will be able to pass the GED Social Studies Test without any problems.
This video summarizes the most important points.
Now, this may seem like a lot of content but the good news is that this test has open book questions and thinking skills and understanding Social Studies are more important than the details.
It’s important to remember that most of the resources that the students need to answer their questions are provided.
Most social studies questions you can answer using only the information provided in the passages and graphs. Only 10 or 15 percent of the questions use what we call outside information.
Questions that belong to this category don’t rely on “hard facts” but require students to analyze and synthesize information.
This module shows you how to analyze and synthesize information to improve your reading for meaning skills, read graphs, and get familiar with the important historical events and documents. Keep in mind, everyone can pass the GED Social Studies test, so can you.
Last Updated on April 8, 2021.