About the GED (General Educational Development) Tests
The GED® tests are primarily multiple-choice tests in five subject areas similar to
those of public high school areas of study: social studies, science, language arts (reading), writing skills, and mathematics.
* Social Studies | 70 minutes – 50 questions
- Economics 20%
- Geography 15%
- Civics and Government 25%
- Natural History 25%
- World History 15%
* Science | 80 minutes – 50 questions
- Life Science 45%
- Physical Science (Chemistry and Physics) 35%
- Earth and Space Sciences 20%
* Language Arts, Reading | 65 minutes - 40 questions
- Literary Texts 75%
- Prose Fiction
- Nonfiction 25%
- Critical Reviews
- Workplace and Community Documents
* Language Arts, Writing | 120 minutes - 50 questions and essay (2 parts)
The writing test is divided into two sections: the first shows sentences that may or may not include errors that require correction. The second section is an essay assignment of about 250 words on one of several topics provided by the test makers. If a test-taker completes Part One in less than 75 minutes, he/she may go on to Part Two, the essay portion. If the essay is completed in less than 45 minutes, the test-taker may return to Part One.
- Part I: Multiple Choice (75 minutes) – 50 questions
- Mechanics 25%
- Usage 30%
- Sentence Structure 30%
- Organization 15%
- Part II: Essay (45 minutes)
- Plan, draft, revise and write an essay
* Mathematics | 90 minutes - 50 questions (2 parts)
The Mathematics subtest includes assessments in arithmetic, algebra, geometry, number relations, data analysis, statistics, probability, and set-up questions where candidates must identify correct ways to solve problems. Approximately 20 percent of the mathematics questions are not multiple-choice.
- Part I (45 minutes) - 25 questions - calculator use
- Part II (45 minutes) - 25 questions - no calculator
- Number Operations and Number Sense 25%
- Measurement and Geometry 25%
- Data Analysis, Statistics and Probability 25%
- Algebra, Functions, and Patterns 25%
- The testing center is located in Mountlake Terrace Hall 152 (near the Triton Espresso stand).
- The GED test costs $75 for all five tests or $15 for individual tests. Tests can be paid for one at a time.
- Students must have current photo ID that shows their birth date to take their GED test; those under 19 must have a release from their school district.
- To get more information about testing times and procedures, please call GED Testing at 425.640.1546 or refer to their web page.
**GED TESTING INFORMATION ALERT**
Please be advised that the GED tests will be computer-based beginning Jan. 1, 2014. The $150 fee will continue when these tests are implemented. You will have until Dec. 5, 2013, to complete the current test battery (paper and pencil tests) being used. If you do not complete the current battery by then, you will have to start all over by taking the computer-based tests.
For more information about testing times and procedures, please contact the Testing Center at 425.640.1546.