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Test Overview

The GED is made up of 5 tests:

  • Language Arts, Writing
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Language Arts, Reading
  • Mathematics

The table below shows the number of questions and the time limit for each test. You must take all 5 parts on the same day. Any parts you do not pass, you may take again.

Test Area Number of Questions Time Limit
Language Arts, Writing, Part I 50 75 minutes
Language Arts, Writing, Part II 1 essay 45 minutes
Social Studies 50 70 minutes
Science 50 80 minutes
Language Arts, Reading 40 65 minutes
Mathematics 50 90 minutes

To receive the GED certificate, you must earn both a minimum score of 410 on each test and an average score of at least 450 on all 5 tests.

The standard scores for the 2002 Series GED Tests range from a minimum of 200 to a maximum of 800 on each test. The maximum score for all five GED Tests is 4,000.

For more information about scoring, go to The Center for Adult Learning and Educational Credentials' GED Web site.

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