Karen Murphy  
ABE/ASE Program Specialist 
Ph. 719.328.3045

Our Adult Basic and Adult Secondary Education classes are designed to help students improve skills in language arts and mathematics to reach educational and post-secondary goals of obtaining a High School Equivalency, passing the Accuplacer, improving job opportunities, or entering a college, trade school or certificate program. 

Students may select a Language Arts or Math course, or both. Classes are leveled by skills needed to increase literacy, reading, or mathematics for each student. Science and Social Studies content are incorporated into the classes. These face-to-face classes with a certified teacher combine classroom instruction with computer- based exercises tailored to the student.   

​GED Testing Center
Roy J. Wasson Academic Campus
2115 Afton Way
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Room 260B on the 2nd floor inside​ the Library/Media Center
Ph. 719.328.3030.
Please call the testing center directly to leave a message. ​​​



What are the GED Tests?
The General Education Development Tests (GED Tests) demonstrate the ability a high school equivalency in the area of Science, Social Studies, Mathematical Reasoning, and Reasoning Through Language Arts.
Within the context of Scientific Reasoning, the Science Test emphasizes two main themes:
1.       Human Health and Living Systems: material that is vital for the health and safety of all living things on the planet.
2.       Energy and Related Systems: sources of energy, transformations of energy, and uses of energy.
The Science Test has three major content domains:
40% is focused on Life Science.
40% is focused on Physical Science
20% is focused on Earth and Space Science
Test items types include:
1.       multiple choice
2.       short answer
3.       drag-and-drop
4.       hot spot
5.       fill-in-the-blank  

Within the context of Social Studies Reasoning, the Social Studies Test emphasizes two themes:
1.       Development of Modern Liberties and Democracy:  the development of current ideas about democracy as well as human and civil rights from ancient civilizations to the present.
2.       Dynamic Responses in Societal Systems: how the systems, structures and policies that people have created respond to each other, conditions, and events. 
The Social Studies Test has four major content domains:
50% is focused on Civics and Government
20% is focused on United States History
15% is focused on Economics
15% is focused on Geography and the World.
Test items types include:
1.       multiple choice
2.       drag-and-drop
3.       hot spot
4.       fill-in-the-blank
5.       one extended response. 
The Mathematical Reasoning Test emphasizes both Mathematical Content and Mathematical Reasoning.
The Mathematical Reasoning Test has two major domains:
45% is focused on quantitative problem solving
55% is focused on algebraic problem solving.
The Mathematical Reasoning Test assessed skills includes:
1.       algebra
2.       data analysis
3.       number sense.
An on-screen calculator, the Texas Instruments TI-30XS Multiview scientific calculator, is provided for use on most of the items on the 2014 GED® Mathematics Test.
Test items types include:
1.       multiple choice
2.       drag-and-drop
3.       hot spot
4.       fill-in-the-blank 
The Reasoning through Language Arts test focuses on three main skills:
1.       The ability to read closely
2.       The ability to write clearly
3.       The ability to edit and understand the use of standard written English in context.
Written passages on the Reasoning through Language Arts test include:
                75% informational texts including:
1.       Science-based nonfiction
2.       Social studies-based nonfiction (including US Founding Documents and “the Great American Converstaion”)
3.       Workplace-based nonfiction
25% literature.
Reading Comprehension
Test items ask candidates to determine:
1.       the main idea
2.        the point of view
3.       the meaning of words and phrases
4.       inferences and claims. 
Test items ask candidates to:
1.       draw relevant and sufficient evidence from a literary or information text to support analysis and reflection
2.       use technology to produce writing, demonstrating sufficient command of keyboarding skills.
Written responses are scored by a multi-trait rubric that focuses on three elements:
Trait 1: Analysis of Arguments and Use of Evidence
Trait 2: Development of Ideas and Structure
Trait 3: Clarity and Command of Standard English
Language Conventions
Test items ask candidates to demonstrate competence in:
1.       grammar
2.       usage
3.       capitalization
4.       punctuation.
Test items types include:
1.       multiple choice
2.       drag-and-drop
3.       hot spot
4.       fill-in-the-blank
5.       one extended response.GED tests are exams which allow you to get a high school equivalency diploma. The tests cover five academic areas: 
For more information about the GED Tests or the GED Practice Tests go to



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