GED Practice Test Information and Resources on the Internet

While there are several ways to take a GED practice test online, Steck-Vaughn is the only company certified by the American Council on Education (ACE) to publish an official practice test. This test can be found on the company's website and taken for free.

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Take GED Practice Tests Online

Several resources can help test takers prepare for the GED and the practice test, including those offered by the GED Testing Service, Steck-Vaughn and Kentucky Educational Television (KET). KET offers videos, workbooks and online learning programs. The GED Testing Service offers practice questions and test information. Steck-Vaughn offers the Official GED Practice Test (OPT) for free on its website (www.GEDPractice.com). The test is available in English and non-English versions, and each section of the test can be practiced individually.

What to Expect From the Test

There are four sections on the GED, which includes language arts, math, science and social studies. Sections are between 90 and 150 minutes long and consist mostly of multiple choice questions, though can also consist of drag and drop, fill in the blank and long and short essay answers.

Language Arts

This test is broken down into three sections. Roughly, 75% of the texts in this section are informational, with the remaining 25% literature. In addition to reading comprehension, this test addresses grammar, punctuation, usage and capitalization skills. This test has an Extended Response portion.


This section has 50 multiple choice questions broken up into two parts, one of which allows use of a Texas Instruments TI-30 Multiview scientific calculator provided by the test center. The test focuses on both fundamental and more complex mathematical problems. The test includes multiple choice, fill in the blank, hot spot and drag-and-drop answer formats covering:

  • Number operations and number sense
  • Data analysis, probability and statistics
  • Algebra, patterns and functions
  • Measurement and geometry


The questions in this section ask test takers about earth and space science, physical science and life science. Life science questions make up 40% of the questions, with another 40% focusing on physical sciences. Earth and space science questions account for 20%. The science test consists of a single section.

Social Studies

American history, civics and government, geography and economics are covered in the social studies section. Like previous sections, this section consists multiple choice, hot spot, drag-and-drop, fill in the blank and short answer. There are two sections to this test, with the second section being an Extended Response portion.

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