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GED Test Overview

The GED subtests—which take about seven hours total—cover the four primary high-school subjects. Tests are delivered on computer (not online). Paper testing is only available as an accommodation. Check with the GED testing center in your area to learn about their specific testing procedures.

Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA)


150 minutes


Section 1 (27 minutes*)
Section 2 (45 minutes)
Student Break (10 minutes)
Section 3 (60 minutes*)

*The time allotted for sections 1 and 3 may vary slightly, but the total test time will always be 150 minutes.

Mathematical Reasoning


115 minutes


Part 1 (first 5 test questions) - calculator not allowed
Part 2 (remaining 41 test questions) - calculator allowed

As of Friday, February 21, 2014, the standard time allowance on the GED® test - Mathematical Reasoning was increased by 25 minutes. The time allowance for GED Ready® - Mathematical Reasoning was also increased by 13 minutes.



90 minutes

Social Studies


70 minutes