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GED®: Test Outline

The five tests take a total of seven hours and five minutes to complete.

Test Content # Questions Time
Language Arts: Writing
(Part I)
Organization - 15%
Sentence Structure - 30%
Mechanics - 25%
Usage - 30%
50 1 hour, 15 minutes
Language Arts: Writing
(Part 2)
Essay Component Essay 45 minutes
Language Arts: Reading Literary Text 75%
  • Poetry
  • Drama
  • Fiction (Pre-1920, 1920-1960, 1960 to present)
Non-fiction Text 25%
  • Non-fiction Prose (Biography, Critical Review of Fine and Performing Arts)
  • Workplace Documents
40 1 hour, 5 minutes
Mathematics Numbers, Number Sense and Operations - 20-30%
Data, Statistics, and Probability - 20-30%
Geometry and Measurement - 20-30%
Algebra, Functions, and Patterns - 20-30%
50 1 hour, 30 minutes
Social Studies History - 40%
Civics - 25%
Economics - 20%
Geography - 15%
50 1 hour, 10 minutes
Science Life Science - 45% (Biology and Health)
Earth and Space Science - 20%
Physical Science - 35% (Chemistry and Physics)
50 1 hour, 20 minutes