Fractions

Several questions on the GED math test will require you to understand and know how to work with fractions. Fractions are normally used to express parts of a whole number. The names for the two parts of a fraction are the numerator, for the top part, and the denominator, for the bottom part. So in the fraction ½ the numerator is 1 and the denominator is 2. To give a real life example, imagine a pie cut into 8 slices. The pie is still one whole, however it is divided into 8 parts. 8/8 = 1. If three of the slices are eaten, the pie is no longer one whole and you can represent the remaining amount as 5/8.

There are three types of fractions:

Proper fractions: These fractions have numerators that are smaller than denominators. 5/8 in the example above is a proper fraction since 5 is smaller than 8.

1/2, 12/13, 49/50 and 999999/1000000 are all examples of proper fractions.

Since the numerator is smaller than the denominator, proper fractions are all smaller than 1.

Improper fractions: These fractions have numerators that are larger than or equal to the denominator.

7/3, 9/6 and 19/19 are all examples of improper fractions.

Since the numerator is equal to or greater than the denominator, improper fractions are all equal to or larger than 1.

Mixed numbers: These are whole numbers and fractions together. For example, if you had a whole pie in addition to the partially eaten one above, the amount of pies you have is  1   5/8.

More about fractions:
Reducing and Raising Fractions
Adding and Subtracting Fractions
Multiplying and Dividing Fractions
Tips on Working with Fractions on the GED Math Test

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11 comments

  1. elizabeth says:

    that ged math test is a word test,which makes the test even harder,my god what will the 2012 test look like.

  2. Nina says:

    love this website its so helpful thank you!

  3. Eula King-Harden says:

    I love this site it has been so helpful. I really need to practice for the test. Could you please send the Math practice test. I have taken the math test 4 times, never scoring more than 370.If I fail again I will have to take all components again and it will be more difficult 2014. Math is all I need to pass right now. Thanks so much.

  4. Daniel says:

    All I need is the Math as well, though Math is my greatest Nemesis and I have the hardest time, not to mention I’m a hands on kind of person. I really dont know how to realy even go abut studying for this thing.

  5. Catresha says:

    Hi 🙂 ‘ I have a question about the fractions?? Need to know what key or keys would I use on the Casio fx- 260 ,to solve a fraction problem??? Need assistance asap please. Thank You

  6. Catresha says:

    Or do you even use the calculator for the fractions?? Need to refresh my memory on this one,because I forgot?

  7. Valerie says:

    God knows that I am tired. I have taken this math test 4 times already today I am goeto take it again how do I pass this test.thank you for this website I just found it.help me please.

  8. Catresha says:

    Hi’ just took the math test a few hours ago,but only got a 370,my high score is 390 . In my state I only need 410 . It seems like because I work on it I cannot get to the 410. I think it would be best if I did,nt work at it ; different approach . I really dont know what to do,the test is extensive,& I,m the type that cant just mark anything!!!!!! Not gonna stop, going back Monday to reregister!

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