GED Questions: The 4 Main Concept Areas

GED questions cover 4 main concept areas, such as reading/writing, science, math and social studies. Each concept area, also known as a subject test, measures a variety of academic skill sets. The GED uses different types of test questions to gauge your mastery of each concept area.

GED Main Concept Area Questions

Each section of the GED utilizes different types of questions to measure your knowledge of each content area. You should also expect to apply skills, make estimations and interpret data. Questions require you to problem-solve, express thoughts and/or synthesize information. There are five types of GED test questions that you might see on a test.

Multiple choice

The most common type of question used throughout the GED test. You choose the best answer from four possible answers given. Found in all four main concept areas, most GED questions are some form of multiple-choice.


Also used in all four main concept areas. Fill-in-the-blank questions consist of a passage or problem with an empty box for your response. You type in a number or word that best fills in the blank.

Drag and Drop

Move small images, words or math problems to specific places on the computer screen. You will see a wide variety of drag and drop questions throughout all four main concept areas on the GED.


These questions are similar to multiple choice. All of the answers are given to you in a drop-down menu. Find the best answer to complete a sentence or correct a math problem. In the math portion of the test, drop-down items are often used to make comparisons.

Hot Spot

Uses graphic images with “virtual sensors” placed within the image. This type of question asks you to select parts of a model or plot points on number line, grid or scatter plot. Most often found in the math section, you might also see this question type in science or social studies.

View sample GED questions for each concept area on the GED Practice Test. This a great way to familiarize yourself with the types of questions you will see on the GED test.


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