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GED Social Studies Exam

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The GED Social Studies test evaluates your ability to understand, interpret, and apply information about history, geography, government, economics and civics concepts. You will have 70 minutes to answer 35 questions that are based on reading passages and interpreting graphics such as charts, graphs, diagrams, editorial cartoons, photographs, and maps. You will need a minimum score of 150 to pass the Social Studies Test.

You will work with five question formats on the GED Social Studies Test. Many of the questions will be in the familiar multiple-choice format, but you will need to be acquainted with the other formats as well including fill-in-the-blank, drop-down, hot-spots, and drag-and-drop.

Civics and Government topics account for 50% of the questions on the GED Social Studies test. These topics include modern and historic governments, constitutional government, levels and branches of the U.S. government, the electoral system, and the role of the citizen.

U.S. History topics account for 20% of the questions on the GED Social Studies test. These topics stretch from colonialism and the American Revolution through the Civil War and Reconstruction into the modern era of industrialization, immigration, two world wars, the Cold War, and the movements for equal rights.

Economics topics account for 15% of the questions on the GED Social Studies test. These topics include basic economics concepts and systems, the government and the economy, and labor and consumer economics issues.

Geography and the World topics account for 15% of the questions on the GED Social Studies test. These geography/astrophysics-based topics cover major stages in world history as well as the relationship among resources, the environment, and societies.


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