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Social Studies: What You Need to Know

October 8, 2019

The GED Social Studies test focuses on U.S. history and gives you context to understand the nation, the world and society as a whole. It covers a variety of different topics, but don’t worry it’s not a memorization test. We know trying to remember a bunch of dates or capitals wouldn’t be fun!

Test Topics

The Social Studies section of the GED includes three different topics: 

  • Reading for Meaning in Social Studies
  • Analyzing Historical Events and Arguments in Social Studies
  • Using Numbers and Graphs in Social Studies


Format of the Social Studies Test

There is only one section on the GED Social Studies test. It is 70 minutes long and there are no breaks. A calculator is allowed and a calculator reference sheet will be provided. 

There are also different question types including multiple choice, drag and drop, fill-in-the-blank, select an area and drop down. 

How to Prepare

There are many ways to prepare for the Social Studies test. Start by logging in to your account and checking out our free study guide that will help familiarize you with what to expect on the test. Additionally, there are free practice questions so you’ll know exactly how questions are formatted!

Now, once you’re feeling confident, take the official GED Ready practice test. Students use GED Ready to see exactly how prepared they are for the actual test. If you score in the green it means you’re ready to schedule your test, but if you score in the red or yellow you may need more practice. Don’t worry, GED Ready will provide you with a study guide to help you see any areas you may need to improve. 

Good luck and comment below your favorite social studies topics!




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