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The GED Social Studies Test: Just the Facts

The GED Social Studies Test assesses the student’s knowledge and understanding of concepts, principles, and issues. The test contains 50 multiple-choice questions and is 70 minutes long.

The Social Studies Test includes questions from each of the following areas:

  • U.S. History—25%
  • World History—15%
  • Geography—15%
  • Civics and Government—25%
  • Economics—20%

Each form of the test includes an excerpt from at least one of the following historical documents:

  • Declaration of Independence
  • U.S. Constitution
  • Landmark Supreme Court cases
  • The Federalist Papers

Each form of the test includes one practical document that adults might encounter in their roles as citizens, consumers, and workers, including consumer information, voters’ guides, etc.

Teaching Tip:
Because the purpose question is set above the passage, it may look like a title. Have your students read the purpose question and the passage. Then ask them to answer the purpose question. This will help them learn to use the purpose question as intended.