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Critical Thinking Skills on the Social Studies Test

The GED Social Studies Test requires students to demonstrate a wide range of critical thinking skills:

  • Comprehension questions (20%) measure the student’s ability to understand the basic meaning and intent of a passage or graphic.
  • Application questions (20%) measure the student’s ability to use information in a new context or situation.
  • Analysis questions (40%) measure the student’s ability to break down information or understand the relationship among its basic parts.
  • Evaluation questions (20%) measure the student’s ability to make judgments about information based on criteria provided in the passage or graphic.