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GED Sample Test Questions and Answers

The GED test, administered for those seeking to enter into the job market with newly acquired skills and knowledge, is broken down into four areas of study. This testing process is the high school equivalent of earning a diploma.

GED Sample Test Questions

The exam is divided into four subject areas: math, science, social studies, language arts. In order to earn a passing score on the exam, test takers must perform at or above the level of 40% of high school seniors. Studying, therefore, is paramount before taking the tests. There are many different ways to study for the GED exam, including test prep books, GED classes and sample test questions. The most cost-effective way to study is to take sample tests online, many of which are available for free. The American Council on Education (ACE) and the Pearson company have joint-ventures with the GED testing service and provide materials. Please note that the following multiple choice options have been redacted (edited).

Math

Q. Byron purchased a $5000 certificate of deposit (CD) at his local bank. The CD will pay him 7% simple interest. How much interest, in dollars, will Byron have earned from his CD at the end of a 2-year period?

A. $700.

Science

Q. A cook decides to recover some table salt that has been completely dissolved in water. Which of the following processes would be the most effective method of extracting salt from the solution?

A. Boiling away the water.

Social Studies

Q. 'We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these rights are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.' Which of the following political actions violated the principle of 'unalienable Rights' of liberty that evolved from the above excerpt of the U.S. Declaration of Independence?

A. In 1857, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling promoted the expansion of slavery in U.S. territories.

Language Arts - Reading

For this section, test takers must read a piece of prose, poetry or dramatic fiction and answer several questions about what they've read. The full sample essay can be read on the ACE website, but here is a sample of the type of question that may be asked. The essay pertains to a company's guidelines for employee conduct.

Q. What is an example of a conflict of interest?

A. Your spouse owns stock in one of the company's competitors.

Language Arts - Writing I

For the first writing section, test takers must read a document and identify and correct errors in usage, mechanics, organization and sentence structure. For your reference, a sample question might say:

Q. 'My work experience and education combined with your need for an experienced landscape supervisor have resulted in a relationship that would profit both parties.' Which correction should be made to this sentence?

A. Change 'have resulted' to 'would result.'

Language Arts - Writing II

The second writing section is an essay question designed to test your ability to write a short response to a familiar topic. Sample topics include:

Q. What is one important goal you would like to achieve in the next few years? In your essay, identify that one goal and explain how you plan to achieve it. Use your personal observations, experience and knowledge to support your essay.

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