(The “new” GED exam doesn’t start until 2014. Until then, rely on these up to date GED mathematics questions to help you prepare for the GED.)
The Mathematics test contains 50 questions total with 40 multiple-choice format questions and 10 grid format questions. There will be a 90 minute time limit. At least half of the questions will reference accompanying graphics such as charts and tables. The test covers a variety of mathematical areas including number operations and number sense (20-30%), data analysis, statistics, and probability (20-30%), algebra, functions, and patterns (20-30%), and measurement and geometry (20-30%). There will be three types of questions on the test: procedural, conceptual, and application.
The Mathematics test will be handed out in two parts, each with 25 questions. During Part I of the test, students can use a calculator which will be provided at the testing center. Students will also be given a sheet of math formulas to use as a reference during the test. Students will have 45 minutes to complete Part I. After 45 minutes, Part I and all calculators will be collected by testing staff and Part II will be distributed. Students will have 45 minutes to complete Part II. Students who complete Part II in less than 45 minutes will have the option to return to Part I of the test. Any students returning to Part I will not have access to calculators during this time.
The GED Math Test Is Harder Than You Probably Think
Every year, thousands of people fail the GED exam, many because the math portion was a lot harder than they had thought it would be. In some ways, this isn’t surprising; a lot of people have trouble with math. On the other hand, since people generally have to pay a fee to take the GED test, it’s surprising that so many didn’t prepare well for the math part of the test. The good news for those who haven’t taken the GED yet but are planning to is that there is no reason a reasonably intelligent person can’t pass the GED math test.
Many of the questions, of course, will be about simple math operations (adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing). For most people, these shouldn’t be any trouble, although if you haven’t done any multiplication or division in a while, it would be best to brush up. After this, though, things get a bit trickier, as questions will come up involving fractions and decimals and how to convert one to the other. This could be a challenge, but a little practice is all it takes to get in the groove. From there, the test moves on to measurements and percentages, and then into the basics of geometry and algebra. Finally, statistics comes up, covering topics such as mean, average, median, graphs, etc.
Once past fractions and decimals, many people will be in over their heads. So why do we say that most people can pass the GED math test? Because all it takes is a little preparation and study to master the more difficult subjects. It isn’t necessary to study for hours a day for weeks on end; there are ways of getting quickly back up to speed on the more advanced topics. Local GED classes are offered in almost every city and teachers are usually more than willing to help. Study guides are available for those who want to study on their own. Either way, it’s entirely possible to get a good score on the GED math test.