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as your GED testing location!
If you are not a Texas resident, you cannot test in Texas. Arkansas residents contact The Arkansas Adult Education Center at 870-774-4414.
The GED® test consists of five different test sections: Social Studies, Science, Reading, Mathematics, and Writing. Find a short summary of each GED® test subject or click on the link under each for more detail.
The social studies content area is made up of 50 multiple choice questions from the following content areas:
- History (U.S. or Canada, 25%*; World, 15%)
- Geography (15%)
- Civics and government (25%)
- Economics (20%)
*There are different U.S. and Canadian versions of the social studies content area.
The science content area contains 50 multiple choice questions from the following content areas:
- Physical science (physics and chemistry, 35%)
- Life science (45%)
- Earth and space science (20%)
LANGUAGE ARTS, READING
The language arts, reading content area contains 40 multiple choice questions. Fictional literature constitutes 75 percent of each test and includes at least one selection from each of the following areas:
- Prose fiction before 1920
- Prose fiction between 1920 and 1960
- Prose fiction after 1960
Nonfiction constitutes 25 percent of each test and includes two selections of nonfiction prose from any two of the following areas:
- Nonfiction prose
- Visual and performing arts reviews
- Workplace and community documents
The mathematics content area contains 50 questions divided into two parts, and focuses on the following content areas:
- Number operations and number sense (20-30%)
- Measurement and geometry (20-30%)
- Data analysis, statistics, and probability (20-30%)
- Algebra, functions, and patterns (20-30%)
LANGUAGE ARTS, WRITING
The language arts, writing content area is divided into two parts. The scores are combined and reported as a single score.
The first part contains 50 multiple choice questions from the following content areas:
- Organization (15%)
- Sentence structure (30%)
- Usage (30%)
- Mechanics (25%)
The second part consists of writing an essay about a familiar subject. You will have 45 minutes to plan, write, and revise your essay. The essay topic will require you to present your opinion or explain your views about the assigned topic. Two trained readers will score your essay on the basis of the following features:
- Focused main points
- Clear organization
- Specific development of ideas
- Sentence structure control, punctuation, grammar, word choice, and spelling
Each reader will score your essay on a four-point scale, and the scores will be averaged to find your final score. If you earn a final score of less than two on the essay, you must retake language arts, writing, Part I and Part II.
For information about GED Preparation classes please contact:
- Adult Learning Center 903.793.5632 Extension 1710 or 1711
- Literacy Council 903.838.8521 or 903.791.0166
- Arkansas Residents: Area Vocational Center 870-774-4414
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Obtain a printable PDF containing your GED certificate and test scores by visiting https://bass.tea.state.tx.us/Tea.GEDi.Web/Forms/CertificateSearch.aspx .
NOTE – For any questions, services, or other information about GEDs in Texas, please contact 1-877-392-6433. All record verifications and Certificate/Transcript Requests must be made using the automated system on the GED Info Page, located at www.texged.com. This process allows one to search for records on-line, verify their authenticity, and purchase and print the certificate on one’s own printer. TEA will no longer mail original or duplicate certificates/transcripts through the US Postal Service.