Welcome to Math4GED, where I try to help you pass the math section of the GED! Hopefully after your visit here passing the math section of the GED will be stress-free for you, and maybe even fun!
Introduction to the GED Math Test
It is important to know that having good problem solving skills is more important for the GED math test than having good math skills. In fact, about 1 in 4 of the questions on the test ask you how you would go about solving the problem instead of asking you for the final answer. To pass the math section of the GED you will still need to understand basic mathematical operations, but only knowing the operations will not help you at all if you don’t know what the question is asking or how to apply the operations.
There are 50 questions in total on the math test, and you can expect the number of questions in each content area to be about:
10-15 questions for Number Sense and Operations
10-15 questions for Data, Statistics, and Probability
10-15 questions for Algebra, Functions, and Patterns
10-15 questions for Measurement and Geometry
Multiple choice is the answer format for most of the questions on the math section of the GED. However, the math section differs from the other sections of the GED, like science and social studies, by also requiring you to answer about 10 of the questions by bubbling in your answer on a number grid or slope grid.
The math section of the GED test is given to you in two separate parts of 45 minutes each. The only real difference between the two parts is that during the first part you are allowed to use a calculator, specifically a Casio fx-260 SOLAR, while in the second part all calculations must be done either in your head or on scratch paper. The difficulty and content of the two sections are essentially the same. It would be a good idea for you to have some practice using this calculator before going in to take the test. Being more familiar with the calculator beforehand might be the difference between being able to finish on time or not. For an image of the calculator you will use during the GED and some tips related to it, see here.
You will provided a sheet with commonly used formulas. You can use this sheet throughout the math section of the GED. Even though you are given this sheet to use during the test, it is important that you understand how to use the formulas before going in, otherwise the formulas will be of no use to you at all.