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Reminder: The GED Social Studies examinations are Multiple Choice Questions and one essay!
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Reminder: The GED examinations are Multiple Choice Questions and One Essay!
The first section is 65 minutes and consists of multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, and a few other types of questions. The second section is a 25-minute “Extended Response,” or essay.
The GED® Social Studies Test focuses on the fundamentals of social studies reasoning, striking a balance of deeper conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and the ability to apply these fundamentals in realistic situations. In order to stay true to this intention, each item on the Social Studies Test is aligned to one social studies practice and one content topic.
The social studies practices can be described as skills that are key to scientific reasoning in both textual and quantitative contexts. The practices come from important skills specified in the Career and College Ready Standards and other career- and college-readiness standards, as well as in National Standards for History.
The Social Studies Test will also focus on four major content domains:
Civics and government
United States history
Geography and the world
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As of 2014, the GED Social Studies section, along with the entire GED exam, has undergone a change in format. The new exam is now entirely computer based and the GED Social Studies test is now 90 minutes long and broken down into two sections.
The first section is 65 minutes and consists of multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, and a few other types of questions. The second section is a 25-minute “Extended Response,” or essay. This may sound intimidating, but remember that the score range on the GED Social Studies section is between 200 and 600, and a minimum of only 410 is required to pass this subtest. So how can you achieve a good score on this new 25-minute
Understand the format, and what your job is. The topics you’ll see on the GED essay will include civics and government, United States history, basic economic theory, and geography. If these are not areas in which you are comfortable, it would be a good idea to read a high school-level US History textbook prior to taking the exam. Topics that appear frequently include:
According to the official GED website, you job is to “analyze arguments and use evidence found within brief excerpts from primary and secondary source texts.” We can divide the expectation the essay scorers have for a perfect essay into three “traits”:
It’s important to have a plan for pacing. You only have 25-minutes to write your essay, and that is plenty of time if you pace yourself properly. Here’s a three step guide to achieving a strong score:
Step 1 – Plan (5 minutes)
You must carefully read and analyze the two documents, since they are the foundation of your essay. Do NOT skim them and then rush to start writing. You need to allow at least 5 minutes to read and absorb all the presented information and plan what you’re going to say. Aim for a five-paragraph structure: one introductory paragraph, three body paragraphs, and one concluding paragraph. Some questions to answer during the “planning” phase:
Step 2 – Write It! (18 minutes)
Once you’ve got a careful plan of action, it’s time to produce the essay. 18 minutes may not sound like a long time, but your introductory and concluding paragraphs do not need to be longer than 2-3 sentences. You’ll have at least 4 minutes to write each body paragraph, and that is plenty of time to state your major point, support it with evidence, and reiterate how it supports your thesis.
Step 3 – Proofread (2 minutes)
Make sure you watch the clock and give yourself at least 2 minutes to re-read what you wrote, correcting any spelling or punctuation errors, and added transition words or phrases to help clarify the meaning. This is where you will boost your essay’s clarity. Just 2 minutes of proofreading could earn you an extra point!
Remember: You MUST practice writing at least 2 or 3 Social Studies essays before you take your GED. Even if you are a very strong writer, make sure to time yourself so you can comfortably complete your essay in 25-minutes.
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