GED Content

The 2014 GED® test is designed to measure the skills and knowledge equivalent to a high school course of study and supports an adult’s successful transition to careers or college. 

The GED® test has four content areas and takes roughly seven and a half hours:

The Reasoning Through Language Arts test is 150 minutes long and testing is broken down into three sections:

  • Section 1 (35 minutes*) tests all content
  • Section 2 (45 minutes) is the Extended Response portion of the test
  • Student break (10 minutes)
  • Section 3 (60 minutes*) tests all content

*The time allotted for sections 1 and 3 may vary slightly, but the total test time will always be 150 minutes.

The Mathematical Reasoning test is 115 minutes long and is one single section.

Part 1 – (first 5 questions) calculators not allowed

Part 2 – (remaining 41 test questions) calculators allowed

Students must submit their answers to the first five questions before moving on to the rest of the test. These parts are not timed separately.

The Social Studies test is 90 minutes long and testing is broken down into two sections:

  • Section 1 (65 minutes) tests all content
  • Section 2 (25 minutes) is the Extended Response portion of the test

The Science test is 90 minutes long and is one single section. There are two Short Answer questions included on the test, but they are not timed separately. Students are expected to manage their time and spend about 10 minutes on each of the Short Answer questions.

It is offered in English and Spanish and delivered on computer at an Official GED® Testing Center (not online).