The GED Science Test changed on January 1, 2014. It is now taken on the computer and takes about 90 minutes. We'll tell you what to expect on the new test.
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Source: Compiled from information from The American Council on Education, the official GED Testing Service.
What You Need to Know about the GED Science Test
The science test focuses on the fundamentals of science reasoning and understanding, procedural skill, and fluency in realistic situations. It covers three main content areas:
- Life Science (plants and animals) (40% of your score)
- Physical Science (physics and chemistry) (40%)
- Earth and Space Science (20%)
You will be tested on analysis and understanding, data representation and inference skills, and problem solving in both academic and workplace situations.
All of the questions will involve one of these two themes:
- Human Health and Living Systems: the health and safety of all living things on the planet, including the physical body and characteristics of humans and other living things, diseases, evolution, and heredity. Earth and space science questions focus on how the environment affects living things and human society, as well as on how humans and other organisms affect the environment.
- Energy and Related Systems: sources of energy, transformations of energy, and uses of energy. Life science questions focus on how energy flows through organisms and ecosystems; the Earth’s geochemical systems; how humans gain energy in their bodies, and the results of the use of that energy.