GED Social Studies Practice Test

What is the GED Social Studies Test?

Individuals who have not completed high school qualify for the GED. The GED, General Education Development or General Education Diploma, serves as a high school equivalency credential. After the completion of this program, graduates can apply for colleges and entry-level employment positions.

The GED covers four subjects (which are all considered separate tests), mathematical reasoning, reasoning through language arts, science, and social studies. The GED Social Studies test evaluates students’ ability to draw conclusions from charts and graphs, as well as analyze social studies information.

GED Social Studies Practice Test
GED Social Studies Study Guide

Who is eligible to take the GED Social Studies Test?

The eligibility requirements for the GED Social Studies test, as well as the other GED tests, are listed below.

  • You have to be at least 16 years old
  • You are not enrolled in high school
  • You have not graduated from high school
  • You meet all of your state’s additional requirements

Some states require additional documentation. For example, in Alabama, if an individual is 17 years old, they may be required to submit a notarized Student Exit Interview form from the school system. Applicants are encouraged to find out about their state’s testing policies and requirements.

How much is the GED Social Studies Test?

The GED Social Studies test fees vary with each state. The test fee typically ranges from $3.75 to $30. (Prices are usually less than $30).

What topics are covered on the GED Social Studies Test?

The GED Social Studies test evaluates students ability to:

  • Apply social studies concepts
  • Apply mathematical reasoning in social studies
  • Read and write about social studies topics

Some of the topics found on the GED Social Studies test include:

  • Civil War
  • Branches of Government
  • The Louisiana Purchase
  • Industrial Revolution
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

How long is the GED Social Studies Test?

The GED Social Studies test is 70 minutes (1 hour & 10 minutes). There are no breaks during this exam.

What kind of questions are on the GED Social Studies Test?

The GED Social Studies tests includes the following question types:

  • Drop down
  • Multiple choice
  • Drag and drop
  • Fill in the blank
  • Select an area

How many questions are on the GED Social Studies Test?

The number of questions on the GED Social Studies test varies with each state. Students will have 70 minutes to complete the exam.

What do you have to score to pass the GED Social Studies Test?

In order to pass the GED Social Studies test or any GED test subject, you must earn a score of at least 145. If you are taking the test in New Jersey, you must earn a score of at least 150.

How many times can you retake the GED Social Studies Test?

Students may take the GED Social Studies test or any other GED subject as many times as needed. Each state has its own retake policies. Generally, students can take the test 3 times, and after the 3rd attempt, they have to wait 60 days before retaking the test. Additional state policies may only allow you to take the test a certain amount of times a year. For example, in Maryland, students can only take the test 3 times a year. Students are encouraged to find out more information on their state’s retake policies.

What to expect on test day

Each testing center follows different procedures on test day. Below you will find some common test rules.

  • Plan to arrive at the testing center at least 15 minutes before the start of the exam. If you arrive 15 minutes after your scheduled exam time, you may not be able to take the test, and may forfeit your test fee.
  • Bring a non-expired photo identification card. A license, military ID, state-issued ID, and a passport are acceptable.
  • You are allowed to bring a TI-30XS hand-held calculator.
  • The test administrators will provide you will three erasable note boards and a marker to use during the exam.
  • The testing software provides you with a test-timer so you can keep track of how much time you have left for the exam. (You cannot minimize the timer during the last few minutes of the exam.)
  • All personal items, including backpacks, purses, and electronic devices are not allowed in the testing area. You may put your items in storage if it is available.

How to study for the GED Social Studies Test

If the thought of preparing for this test makes you feel overwhelmed, don’t panic: There are millions of people across the country who feel the same. The secret to dominating the GED, or any test, is to understand the test format and the test topics. Breaking down the GED makes it less intimidating and easier to pass! So, to make the studying process more effective and fun, our test experts created the Mometrix GED Study Guide. The Mometrix GED Study Guide covers all 4 GED subjects and provides easy-to-read explanations of all the major topics. This comprehensive study guide also includes test-taking strategies that will teach you how to quickly look for clues, avoid test traps, and so much more!

Our test experts discovered that repetition is one of the most effective studying strategies, so they designed the Mometrix GED Flash Cards. Made with professional-quality material, the Mometrix GED Flash Cards are travel size, making it easy to study on the go! These cards include in-depth descriptions of all the major topics on the GED, helping you learn quickly.

We would like to congratulate you on taking your first few steps towards earning your GED. We look forward to helping you ace the exam! Good luck!


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by Mometrix Test Preparation | Last Updated: May 13, 2019