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How Many Questions are on the GED?

How Many Questions are on the GED?

If you’re thinking of taking the GED, which packs four years worth of high school knowledge and skills into a single exam, you’re probably wondering just how many questions are on the GED exam. Learn all about the exam so that you can know what to expect and prepare to succeed.

Note: There can be slight variation in the exact number of questions from test to test due to the way the GED is scored, but the following gives you a close estimate. Learn more about GED scoring.

GED Subject Tests

First of all, it’s important to remember that the GED exam is actually four separate tests— one each in the subjects of Reasoning Through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Social Studies, and Science.

You can take all four on the same day for one big marathon testing session and get it all over with at once OR you can split the tests up and take them one at a time. You can even spread them out as much as you want. Keep that in mind as you’re thinking about how many questions are on the GED. The number of questions won’t be as overwhelming if you’re dividing the tests over more than one day.

Let’s take a look at how many questions are on each subject test of the GED.

Reasoning Through Language Arts

There is always 1 essay question (called the “extended response”), which makes up 20% of your total score on the Reasoning Through Language Arts subject test. The rest of the test will be approximately 45 questions that test your skills in reading comprehension and in language conventions and usage. These questions can be any combination of:

  • multiple choice
  • drop down
  • drag and drop

 
The schedule for the Reasoning Through Language Arts test is as follows:

  • Section 1 (35 minutes)- Reading Comprehension and Language Conventions and Usage
  • Section 2 (45 minutes)- Extended Response
  • Student break (10 minutes)
  • Section 3 (60 minutes)- Reading Comprehension and Language Conventions and Usage

Mathematical Reasoning

There are 46 questions on the Mathematical Reasoning subject test. You will be allowed to use a calculator on all but 5 of them. Math questions can be:

  • multiple choice
  • fill in the blank
  • drop down
  • drag and drop
  • hot spot

 
The math test is a single section that is 115 minutes long.

Social Studies

The Social Studies subject test has approximately 35 questions on it. These questions can be any combination of:

  • multiple choice
  • fill in the blank
  • drop down
  • drag and drop
  • hot spot

 
The Social Studies test is a single section that is 70 minutes long.

Science

There are always 2 short answer questions on the Science subject test, which require a brief paragraph response. The remainder of the Science test consists of approximately 34 questions, which can be any combination of:

  • multiple choice
  • fill in the blank
  • drag and drop
  • hot spot

 
The Science test is a single section that is 90 minutes long. The short answer questions are not separately timed, but you should plan to spend about 10 minutes on each one.

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About Sarah Bradstreet

Sarah is an educator and writer with a Master’s degree in education from Syracuse University who has helped students succeed on standardized tests since 2008. She loves reading, theater, and chasing around her two kids.


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