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Social Studies


Studying social studies is not so different from reading the news. Social studies gives you context to understand the nation, the world, and society — knowledge you’ll need in many jobs and in life.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • You’ll need to apply social studies concepts, know how to read graphs and charts displaying social studies data, and use reasoning to interpret social studies information.
  • The social studies test is not a memorization test! For example, you won’t need to memorize the capitals of countries or dates that events occurred, but given some information about an event you might need to use that in drawing conclusions.
  • Use the free Social Studies Study Guide to start studying. It will help you understand the skills being tested. Log in to start using the study guide.
  • The GED Ready® practice test for Social Studies can help you determine if you are ready to take the actual test. Log in to give it a try.