The new GED Social Studies essay question is one of the biggest changes on the 2014 GED. The official name of this essay question is the Social Studies Extended Response Question. Two short documents will be provided and the question will be about these documents. The topic of the question may be about United States history, government, economics, or geography. You will be given 25 minutes to type your answer. To prepare for your essay start by reading our tips and strategies guide. Then be sure to review our practice essay question and sample response.