The General Educational Development (GED) test is a widely recognized and accepted alternative to a traditional high school diploma. The GED test measures knowledge and skills in four subject areas: mathematics, science, social studies, and language arts, and passing the test indicates that an individual has a level of knowledge and skills equivalent to those of a traditional high school graduate.
Knowing how long the GED test is can help you to plan and prepare for the test, and understand what to expect on the day of the test. In this article, we will provide an overview of the GED test format, the length of each section of the test, the total testing time, and tips for managing time effectively during the test. We will also provide resources for preparing for the GED test and understanding the timing considerations for different sections of the test.
Length of the individual sections of the GED test
The GED test is divided into four sections: mathematics, science, social studies, and language arts. The length of each section varies, and the test-takers will have different time frames for each one. Here is a breakdown of the length of each section:
- Mathematics: The mathematics section of the GED test is divided into two parts, the first part is a calculator-permitted portion, where test-takers have 115 minutes to complete it. The second part is a calculator-not-permitted portion where test-takers have 45 minutes to complete it. The total time for the mathematics section is 160 minutes.
- Science: The science section of the GED test is 90 minutes long. It will be presented in a format of multiple-choice and short answer questions, based on analyzing charts, graphs, diagrams, and scientific studies.
- Social Studies: The social studies section of the GED test is 90 minutes long. It will include questions about economics, geography, history, and government, and test-takers will be asked to analyze and interpret primary and secondary sources.
- Language Arts: The language arts section of the GED test is divided into two parts, the first part is a reading comprehension portion where test-takers have 65 minutes to complete it. The second part is a writing portion, where test-takers have 45 minutes for the extended response and 30 minutes for the short response. The total time for the language arts section is 140 minutes.
The total testing time for the GED test
The total testing time for the GED test is approximately 7 hours. This includes time for the four individual sections (mathematics, science, social studies, and language arts), as well as any breaks that are provided during the test. Test-takers will have a 10 minutes break after the first and second sections and a lunch break after the third section. It’s important to note that the total testing time may vary depending on the test format and test center policies.
It’s important to be aware of the time you have to complete each section of the test, and to manage your time effectively in order to finish the test on time. This may require some planning and preparation, such as pacing yourself during the test, and knowing how to budget your time for different types of questions.
It is also important to note that test centers may have different schedules and testing policies, and the exact timing of the test and breaks may vary depending on the test center. Test-takers should check the specifics schedules and testing policies of the test center they will be taking the test at.
Breaks and timing considerations during the GED test
During the GED test, test-takers will have breaks after the first and second sections and lunch break after the third section. These breaks are intended to provide test-takers with an opportunity to rest, stretch, and recharge. However, it’s important to keep in mind that break time does not count towards the total testing time, so you will still need to budget your time effectively to complete the test on time.
Here are some tips for managing your time and making the most of your breaks during the GED test:
- Plan ahead: Before the test, make a plan for how you will budget your time during the test and during breaks.
- Use breaks effectively: Use breaks to rest, stretch, and recharge. Avoid spending too much time socializing, or discussing the test with other test-takers.
- Stay focused: Keep your focus on the test during the breaks, avoid distractions, and use the time to refocus and recharge.
- Stay organized: Keep your testing area organized and avoid wasting time looking for items you need during the test.
- Be aware of your pacing: Be aware of how much time you have remaining during the test, monitor your pacing and adjust as needed.
It’s important to remember that timing considerations may vary based on the test format and test center policies, so it’s important to check with the specific test center you will be taking the test at for the most up-to-date information about breaks and timing considerations.
Additionally, keep in mind that during the test, you will only be able to access authorized materials, such as provided calculator and notes, and you will not be able to bring in any electronic devices or personal items such as a phone, watch or any kind of calculator or writing utensil except the ones provided.