This chapter provides sample Social Studies test questions, including a sample Extended Response item, to help you prepare for taking that section of the GED test.
Record your answers directly in this book or on a separate sheet of paper, if you think you’ll want to revisit these practice questions at a later date. Mark only one answer for each item, unless otherwise indicated. And be sure to have a couple extra sheets of paper handy, or use your computer’s word processor, to practice preparing and writing an Extended Response.
At the end of this chapter, we provide detailed answer explanations for you to check your answers. Take your time as you move through the explanations. They can help you understand why you missed the answers you did and confirm or clarify the thought process for the answers you got right.
Remember, this is just preliminary practice. We want you to get used to answering different types of Social Studies test questions. Use the complete practice tests in Parts VI and VII to time your work and replicate the real test-taking experience.
The official Social Studies test consists mainly of multiple-choice items but also has some technologically enhanced items of the type we outline in Chapter 3. They measure general social studies concepts. The items are based on short readings that often include a map, graph, chart, cartoon, or figure. Study the information given ...