Ged Questions

Written by Ingrid Chen
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Created in 1942, the GED (General Educational Development) test was developed by the Center for Adult Learning and Education Credentials as a means for war veterans to complete high school diplomas. This credential was considered vital in preparation for entering the workforce. Now, it is just as important in pursuing many career opportunities as well as applying to post-secondary schools.

What's on the GED Test?

GED tests consist of five main subjects: language arts in reading, language arts in writing, mathematics, science and social studies. Though these subjects have remained generally the same throughout its existence, the test is periodically tweaked to meet current standards. It was last changed in January 2002 to match with present educational standards, as well as focusing much more on business-related topics and applications.

The language arts sections are based highly on the interpretation and composition of well though-out, clear methods of correspondence, in business settings especially. Besides multiple choice questions relating to topics such as correcting grammar, there is also an essay portion. This part generally requires a well-written answer to a "how to" question, such as composing a resume or dressing for success.

In the social studies section, topics range from world and U.S. history to international relations and economics. Most of the questions, whether obvious or not, relate in some way to business and increasing globalization, and how to interact in our present economy. The science portion is divided into three sections: physical science, life science, and earth and space science. Similarly to the other subjects, the math section tests analysis of problems that may relate to finance or other business issues. Half of the test may be taken with a calculator, while the other half may not.


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