The GED® Math Test takes 115 minutes and has about 45 to 49 questions divided into 4 main categories. On the second Math test part, a calculator can be used, and a Math formulas sheet will be provided.
To pass the GED Math test, you have to answer between 30 and 32 of the questions correctly. The Math questions are divided over these four categories:
- Solving Equations: 30 percent
- Graphs & functions: 25 percent
- Number Sense, Order of Operation, and Probability: 25 percent
- Geometry: 20 percent
There are also questions that need to be solved without a calculator:
Those questions are covering these topics:
- Fractions & Decimals, LCM (least common multiple), GCF (Greatest Common Factor). and Distributive Property
- Exponents & Rational exponents, and Absolute value of rational numbers
- Subtraction, addition, division, and multiplication on rational numbers, Numerical expressions with cubes and cube roots, and Numerical expressions with squares and square roots
- Determine when numerical expressions are undefined
On the GED Math test, Algebra will be tested the most while geometry will be tested the least. Make sure you will divide your study time in accordance with these Math topics.
Useful Math Strategies
You need to work with the given answers. When taking multiple-choice questions, when you get stuck, take advantage of just the fact that the correct answer is actually printed right there, it is one of the given choices. Correct answers are the ones that work!
You should plug in real numbers. Or, to say it in other terms: “dummy it down” and use convenient numbers instead of letters (variables), so the problem becomes more concrete.
This is a very powerful strategy that you can use not only on many multiple-choice questions but also on grid-in questions.
Answer the easiest questions first. The math section contains questions ranging from easy to hard. Skip those hard questions and come back to them later (if you have time) after finishing the easier problems.
Connect what is being given to what is being asked. Think about what concept the question is using, what information it is giving you, and what it is asking for. Read the question two or three times
The most important skill is developing your time management and pacing skills. Make sure you don’t spend too much time on one difficult math question.
There are many other questions that you can quickly solve and earn points.
And finally, keep in mind, you have access to the GED Math formula sheet. Make sure, you know what is included and how to use these formulas for solving math problems.
The GED Testing Service says” Formulas are provided to test-takers so that they may focus on application, rather than the memorization, of formulas.” Take advantage of it.