How to Score High on GED Social Studies

The GED Social Studies section tests your knowledge in the areas of US history, world history, geography, government, and economics. To earn a high score on the GED social studies test, you must learn the content that a high school senior is expected to know. Use this guide to create a course of self-study.

Review US history from the time of the first Native Americans, to contemporary events. To do well on the GED, you need a good grasp of the major events that shaped different eras in US history. US history makes up 25% of the GED social studies test.

World history makes up 15% of the test. Study the major classical cultures in Asia (Chinese, Indian, and Japanese), Europe, the Americas (Aztec, Inca, and Maya), Africa, and the Middle East. You should also understand major world wars and contemporary global events.

Twenty-five percent of the GED questions will test your knowledge of how the US Government works, our politics, and our foreign relations.

Geography accounts for 15% of the test. Rather than memorizing facts, such as capitals and statistical figures, Learn the human and cultural characteristics of different regions. Be able to interpret maps. Understand current environmental issues, and the general uses of geography.

For the economics section of the GED (the remaining 15% of the social studies test), you need to know how production and consumption choices are made, how foreign trade is conducted, and the basics of labor relations.

GED social studies questions are based on prose passages, historical excerpts, charts and graphs, and other text and images. You must know not only historical facts, but also how to interpret passages in light of their historical contexts.

Since the test has 50 questions to be completed in 70 minutes, it is essential that you practice with full-length GED tests before your exam. Practice reading actively for key concepts; avoid getting bogged down in details. If you can retain the important ideas, you will answer the questions efficiently and quickly.Set up a study schedule so that you can consistently practice and improve your score.

Remember to answer every question on the GED exam, even if you have to guess. If you get stuck, skip the question and answer it when you finish the other questions. Eliminate a few of the choices that seem obviously wrong, and take your pick from the remaining choices. The more you practice, the more confident you will be on exam day.

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