How to Pass the Social Studies GED Test

Instructor: Melinda Santos
The social studies portion of the General Education Development (GED) exam assesses high school level knowledge of U.S. and world history, geography, economics and government. Use the guide below to establish a study plan and find helpful test prep resources so you can ace this portion of the GED exam.

Passing the Social Studies GED Test

In order to pass the Social Studies GED test, you will need to score at least a 145 on a scale from 100 to 200. You should be able to find out whether you passed within a couple hours of testing by logging onto MyGED ( A more detailed analysis of your performance should be available within about 24 hours when your enhanced score report is released.

Exam Content

In order to achieve a passing score, you will need to successfully demonstrate fundamental reasoning skills and a comprehensive understanding of concepts featured in four specific domains, including economics, government and civics, United States history, and geography and the world. The percentage of questions for each content area is as follows:

Civics & Government50%
U.S. History20%
Geography & the World15%

Question Format

You should expect to see a variety of different question formats while you're trying to pass this computer-delivered test. Included formats are drag-and-drop, fill-in-the-blank, multiple-choice, and hot spot. There is also an extended response item that'll appear before this 90-minute exam is over.

Studying for the GED

As you begin preparing for the GED Social Studies exam, increase your chances of achieving a passing score by enlisting the help of reputable study sites, such as the GED Testing Service website and The GED Testing Service is used to administer the official GED test and offers a fee-based practice test.

You can also sign up for a free 5 day trial on and take advantage of the useful GED Social Studies test prep course. This course includes short, engaging video lessons and brief multiple-choice quizzes to help you assess your understanding of the material. You'll also have access to expert instructors in case you have any questions or need further clarification on any of the concepts.

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