GED Question Types: Fill in the Blank Questions

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

If you are taking the GED, be prepared for a variety of question types. This lesson gives you an overview of fill-in-the-blank questions and how best to answer them.

Fill-in-the-Blank Questions on the GED

One of the best ways prepare for the GED is to spend some time getting familiar with the format of the test. This means not only preparing yourself to remember and understand the relevant content, but also to learn the ins and outs of each different type of test question. Knowing what to expect from test questions will help you be a more efficient test taker because you will not need to spend valuable test time trying to interpret the format. It will also minimize test anxiety because you will feel prepared and confident, understanding exactly what you should expect. Finally, if you are familiar with the format of the questions, you will be able to focus your energy on answering questions accurately rather than getting accustomed to the format.

One type of questions on the GED test called fill-in-the-blank. You will find fill-in-the-blank questions on the literacy, mathematics, science, and the social studies portion of the test. Fill-in-the-blank items require students to provide an individual answer to particular questions, usually with a single word. Fill-in-the-blank questions may seem trickier than multiple choice questions because no predetermined answers are provided. However, the range of potential correct answers on these questions is usually limited. The layout of fill-in-the-blank questions on the GED is such that there will be text surrounding or preceding the expected response, which you will type into an empty box. The remainder of this lesson gives you a sense of what to expect from fill-in-the-blank questions on each subject test and will offer some suggestions of strategies to help you succeed on these question types.


On the literacy test, fill in the blank questions are designed to assess both vocabulary and higher-order thinking skills via interpreting a particular text or passage. You will be asked to provide words, phrases, or very short paragraphs that get at the meaning of a particular text. For instance, you might read a passage that makes ample use of simile. A fill-in-the-blank question could state, 'The literary device of _____ is used frequently in this passage.'


On the mathematics test, fill-in-the-blank questions will generally ask you to provide a numeric answer or to type in an equation. Some fill-in-the-blank questions will also ask you for a short written answer that describes your mathematical reasoning or problem-solving strategies. For instance, a question could state, 'The product of 6 and 19 is _____ than the product of 5 and 18.'

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