The GED® Social Studies test focuses on four major content areas:
- Civics and government (50%)
- United States history (20%)
- Economics (15%)
- Geography and the world (15%)
The test assesses key reasoning skills, balancing conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency and the application of the reasoning skills to realistic situations. Each item on the Test is aligned to one social studies practice and one content topic.
The practices are skills that are key to both textual and quantitative social studies reasoning. The test also measures statistics and data interpretation skills.