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Top 10 GED Practice Questions

Top 10 GED Practice Questions

Need a little practice with every area of the GED? Here are 10 questions, taken from each of the four GED subject tests, that cover some of the most commonly-tested topics. Give these GED practice questions a try (answer key at the end of the post).

GED Practice Questions

Reasoning Through Language Arts

Questions 1-2 are based on the following passage, which is adapted from the autobiography A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton (1934).

Years ago I said to myself: “There’s no such thing as old age; there is only sorrow.”

I have learned with the passing of time that this, though true, is not the whole truth. The other producer of old age is habit: the deathly process of doing the same thing in the same way at the same hour day after day, first from carelessness, then from inclination, at last from cowardice or inertia. Luckily the inconsequent life is not the only alternative; for caprice is as ruinous as routine. Habit is necessary; it is the habit of having habits, of turning a trail into a rut, that must be incessantly fought against if one is to remain alive.

In spite of illness, in spite even of the arch-enemy sorrow, one CAN remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways. In the course of sorting and setting down of my memories I have learned that these advantages are usually independent of one’s merits, and that I probably owe my happy old age to the ancestor who accidentally endowed me with these qualities.

1. One of the author’s secrets to longevity is

A) maintaining a regimented schedule.
B) avoiding unnecessary risks.
C) accepting change without fear.
D) living capriciously.

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2. Wharton’s overall attitude toward her own aging can best be described as

A) resignation.
B) contentment.
C) resentment.
D) cowardice.

3. Choose the option that correctly completes the sentence.
_________________ how to create an effective advertising campaign.

A) Jason knows because of his background in marketing
B) With his background in marketing, Jason knows
C) Having a background in marketing, this is why Jason knows
D) With having a background in marketing Jason knows

Mathematical Reasoning

4. The area of a circle is 289π cm2. What is the diameter of the circle? ______ cm2

5. A pair of jeans originally priced at $60.00 is on sale for 30% off. If there is 5% sales tax, what is the final price of the jeans?

A) $18.90
B) $39.00
C) $39.90
D) $44.10

6. What is the slope of the line with the equation y + 3x=2?

A) -3
B) -2
C) 2
D) 3

Social Studies

Questions 7-8 are based on the following excerpt adapted from the fourth inaugural address of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Roosevelt delivered this speech in January 1945, as the United States entered what would be the final year of World War II.

“We Americans of today, together with our allies, are passing through a period of supreme test. It is a test of our courage, of our resolve, of our wisdom—our essential democracy. If we meet that test—successfully and honorably—we shall perform a service of historic importance which men and women and children will honor throughout all time.

In the days and in the years that are to come we shall work for a just and honorable peace, a durable peace, as today we work and fight for total victory in war. We can and we will achieve such a peace. We shall strive for perfection. We shall not achieve it immediately, but we still shall strive. We may make mistakes, but they must never be mistakes which result from faintness of heart or abandonment of moral principle.

Our Constitution of 1787 was not a perfect instrument; it is not perfect yet. But it provided a firm base upon which all manner of men, of all races and colors and creeds, could build our solid structure of democracy. And so today, in this year of war, 1945, we have learned lessons—at a fearful cost—and we shall profit by them.

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We have learned that we cannot live alone, at peace; that our own well-being is dependent on the well-being of other nations far away. We have learned that we must live as men, not as ostriches, nor as dogs in the manger. We have learned to be citizens of the world, members of the human community. We have learned the simple truth, as Emerson said, that “The only way to have a friend is to be one.” We can gain no lasting peace if we approach it with suspicion and mistrust or with fear. We can gain it only if we proceed with the understanding, the confidence, and the courage which flow from conviction.”

7. Roosevelt argues that peace

A) is currently being negotiated.
B) is inevitable in near future.
C) must be worked for over time.
D) is impossible to achieve in the long term.

8. According to Roosevelt, World War II showed America that

A) alliances with other nations should be avoided.
B) isolationism is not a sustainable policy.
C) it should avoid involvement in foreign conflicts.
D) the Constitution is an imperfect document.


Questions 9-10 are based on the following information and diagram.

Food chains describe the way energy moves through an ecosystem. Plants act as producers, using photosynthesis to make their own food using light from the sun and nutrients from the soil. Animals are known as consumers because instead of producing their own food, they consume other organisms. Those that eat producers are called primary consumers. Animals that eat primary consumers are called secondary consumers, those that eat secondary consumers are called tertiary consumers, and so on. When organisms die, decomposers (e.g., worms) eat their remains and help return nutrients to the soil so that the cycle can begin again.

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9. Which organism in the food chain is a tertiary consumer?
A) Hawk
B) Frog
C) Plant
D) Snake

10. Which type of organism is missing from the ecosystem shown in the food chain diagram?

A) Producer
B) Primary consumer
C) Secondary consumer
D) Decomposer

Answer Key

1. C
In the last paragraph, the author lists ways that a person “can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration.” Among these is being “unafraid of change.”

2. B
In the last paragraph, Wharton speaks of her “happy old age.” It seems she has found contentment in aging and is satisfied with her life.

3. B
Choice B correctly joins a dependent clause with a comma to an independent clause.

4. 34
Work backwards from the area formula.
A=π r2
289π=π r2
Now that you have the radius, multiply by 2 to find the diameter.

5. D
The jeans were originally $60.00 and are now 30% off. 30% of $60.00 is 60(.30) = 18. Subtract from $60.00 to find the sale price before tax.
60.00 – 18.00 = $42.00
Now you need to figure out and add in the sales tax.
42.00(.05) = $2.10
This is the amount of the tax. Add it to $42.00 to find the total price of the jeans.
$42.00 + $2.10 = $44.10

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6. A
Rearrange the equation into y=mx+b form.
When an equation is in this form, the slope is equal to m (the coefficient of x). Therefore, the slope is -3.

7. C
In the second paragraph, Roosevelt speaks of peace as something that Americans will work for “in the days and years to come.” He views it as achievable, but it will be a long, difficult process.

8. B
In the last paragraph, Roosevelt speaks to the importance of international cooperation. He states that Americans have learned that they cannot behave like ostriches—hiding their heads in the sand, oblivious to the outside world. America tried to follow an isolationist policy and stay out of World War II, but eventually found itself drawn into the conflict. Roosevelt says that the lesson is that nations must work together and not merely focus on their own self-interests.

9. B
Starting at the bottom, the first organism (the plant) is a producer, and the rest are consumers, listed in numerical order. The tertiary (third) consumer is the frog.

10. D
There is no decomposer in the diagram. A decomposer’s role is to consume and digest dead organisms, returning nutrients to the soil through their waste.

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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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