The GED: How to Ace It!

The GED: How to Ace It!

Know What You Need to Know

The GED test covers 4 subjects: Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA), Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies. Specifically, in each section you should study:


Practice reading and answering questions about what you read. 75% of the passages will be non-fiction, the rest will be literature. There is no poetry.

Mathematical Reasoning

Brush up on basic algebra and problem solving skills, as these concepts make up the bulk of this section. Make sure you understand exponents, fractions, probability, percentages, and ratios. There is a little geometry on the test as well, so if you have time also review concepts such as calculating area and perimeter.


This section is 40% physical science, 40% life science, and 20% Earth and space. Review basic chemistry concepts, as well as anatomy and physiology, genetics, evolution, and ecosystems. If time permits, study concepts such as the solar system and Earth’s atmosphere.

Social Studies

Half of the questions in this section focus on the United States government and civics, while the other half focus on United States economics and history, as well as world geography. Be sure you know how to read and interpret maps, tables, and graphics, as these occur frequently in this section.

Keep Moving

If you get hung up on a question, don’t waste too much time on it. Instead, select “flag for review” and come back to it at the end.

Don’t Get Fancy

Now is not the time to show off the new million dollar vocabulary word you just learned. For questions that require you to write, keep your answers simple and clear, and keep the focus on being grammatically correct.


There is no penalty for guessing, so make sure you come back to the questions you skipped before your time is up.

Be comfy

It’s hard to be successful if you’re distracted. Make sure you’ve eaten something, gone to the bathroom, and gotten plenty of sleep before test time. Dress in layers in case the exam room is unusually cold or warm.

How to do Well on the GED test

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