2014 GED® Test Item Samplers
(Updated: June 2013)

The 2014 GED Test® Item Samplers provide access to example test items that address some of the assessment targets on the new 2014 GED® test. They also demonstrate the look and feel of the 2014 GED® test on computer.

These tools have been designed with adult educators in mind, to provide examples of the types of test questions that will be incorporated into the new test, and to help you better understand the knowledge and skills that will be measured on the test. They are available in both English and Spanish. Using these resources should help you to prepare adults to take and succeed on the 2014 GED® test.

The sample item information is available in several formats to support a variety of uses. No matter which format you choose, all of the same information is accessible in each format:

  • Access the Item Samplers using your web browser and Internet connection
  • Download the Item Samplers for use in situations where you will not have an active Internet connection
  • View or download a printable PDF containing all the content of the Item Samplers for use in situations that focus on the content of the test questions rather than the specific computer functionality 

USING THE ITEM SAMPLERS

The Item Samplers serve several purposes:

  • Provide users with examples of test items that represent the full range of item types that will appear on each content area test
  • Show how some of the 2014 GED® test Assessment Targets can be reflected in test items
  • Provide the look, feel, and core functionality of the 2014 computer testing interface

The item samplers were last updated in November 2012 to include additional multiple-choice items. These additional items helped to provide a more representative range of difficulty for items that will be on the 2014 GED® test. 

This June 2013 update to the Item Samplers contains some minor adjustments related to additional data obtained during the test development process.

In the Reasoning Through Language Arts Item Sampler we have:

  • Added a new extended response (ER) item
  • Revised ER scoring rubric by changing the rubric scale from 0-12 to 0-6
  • Added new test-taker responses with annotations
  • Updated the trait descriptions for the ER item

In the Social Studies Item Sampler we have:

  • Corrected Depth of Knowledge (DOK) explanations
  • Added a new ER item
  • Updated the trait descriptions for the ER item
  • Added annotated test-taker responses to the ER item
  • Revised ER scoring rubric by changing the rubric scale from 0-7 to 0-4

On the Spanish Reasoning Through Language Arts and Spanish Social Studies:

There is a placeholder that explains that we will be updating Trait 3 on both Social Studies and Reasoning Through Language Arts rubrics in fall 2013 to reflect Spanish language (rather than English language) skills.

On the Spanish Reasoning Through Language Arts
There is a note on the drop-down item (Item 8) that explains that this item does not reflect actual Spanish content that will appear on the real test, but is a temporary placeholder that represents a direct translation from the English originals.   This placeholder item will be replaced in fall 2013 with the final Item 8 content.

Remember that the Item Samplers are not intended to be viewed or used as practice tests.  This means that you cannot infer from the Item Samplers what the initial operational 2014 GED® test will look like with any accuracy.  Unlike a test form, the Item Samplers were not constructed to represent the full range of difficulty of the 2014 GED® test nor do they reflect the actual distribution of items across the various item types.  On each content area test, multiple choice items will still represent the majority of test questions.

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(Internet access required)

DOWNLOAD AND VIEW LATER

Click on the links below to download the interactive Item Samplers. Once downloaded you may view the Item Samplers, even when you’re not connected to the Internet.

  • Reasoning through Language Arts (MacPC)
  • Science (Mac | PC)

  • Mathematical Reasoning (Mac | PC)

  • Social Studies (Mac | PC)

 

DOWNLOAD PRINTABLE PDF VERSIONS

Click on the links below to download the interactive Item Samplers as PDF files. Once downloaded you may view or print out the Item Samplers.

 

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ITEM SAMPLERS TOUR (PDF)

Item Sampler Image 3Tour the Item Sampler

 

 

 

 



ITEM SAMPLERS TOUR
with COMMENTARY (WEBEX)

Item Sampler Image 2Part 1 (5:44)

Part 2 (11:37)

Part 3 (5:32)