On the GED math test you might need to translate a word problem into an algebraic equation in order to arrive at the correct answer. The first thing you should do, as always, is determine what the question is asking you. You then make that the variable of the equation, then solve for the variable.
Here’s an example question:
Neko and Ruth are both waitresses. Last night Ruth made twice as much as Neko and both girls together made $170. How much did Neko earn last night?
Here’s an example way to solve it:
Let n be what the question is asking, how much Neko earned. Since Ruth earned twice as much, the amount she earned will be 2n. The equation will look like this:
n + 2n = 170
Now you just need to solve for n.
Neko made $56.67