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The Mathematical Reasoning section of the 2014 GED may seem intimidating, particularly if you haven’t taken high-school-level mathematics courses in a few years or a few decades. However, the GED only tests basic math concepts: your ability to work with numbers, decode story problems, analyze data, and solve algebra and geometry problems. Concepts specific to calculus or trigonometry are not included, and you can use an on-screen calculator for most of the questions.
The GED’s Math test is a single section composed of forty-six problems; 115 minutes are allotted for it, giving you two-and-a-half minutes to solve each problem. The on-screen calculator is not available to be used while answering the first five questions; after completing these, the calculator can be used for the remaining forty-one questions.
The GED Mathematical Reasoning test covers two main areas: quantitative problem solving and algebraic problem solving. A little more than half of the questions test algebra, including quadratic functions, coordinate geometry, and linear equations; the rest of the questions test general math skills, which include fractions, roots, and geometry. The 2014 GED provides a formula sheet that includes equations for areas of complex two- and three-dimensional shapes like parallelograms, spheres, and pyramids, as well as the equation for the slope of a straight line and the quadratic formula. However, simpler formulas are expected to be memorized by the test-taker, so it is crucial to know the formulas for areas of circles, triangles, and rectangles, the Pythagorean theorem, and special right triangles.
While preparing for the GED’s Math section, practice using different methods to answer the question. The GED and other standardized tests often choose problems that can be solved in different ways. Take advantage of the calculator and the multiple choice answers when tackling questions. For example, if the question only includes variables (like x or y), you may want to “plug in” real numbers to make calculation much easier and avoid having to work with abstract algebra. Also, make sure you read each question fully and carefully to see what is being asked; in many cases, interpreting a question incorrectly will lead you to choose or enter the wrong answer.
In addition to multiple choice questions, the GED Math section includes fill-in-the-blank and enhanced answers: you may be asked to drag items onto a list or chart, or select points on a coordinate system. Since these question types have more possible answers, and thus more wrong answers, careful calculation is required. Keep your scratch work organized, and draw out any missing graphs or geometrical shapes in order to get a better grasp on the problem.
The best way to prepare for the GED’s Math section is to review math concepts from fractions and decimals to coordinate geometry and probability, paying particular attention to any areas in which you struggle. Varsity Tutors’ free GED Math Practice Tests can help you prepare for your the newly-revised GED in a way that puts the emphasis on the particular weaknesses and strengths of your individual skillset. Our GED Math Practice Tests each consist of between ten and twelve problems. They are organized both by concept and as random assortments of GED Math questions, so you can either work on a particular topic or answer questions drawn from a wide range of potential topics. You receive extensive feedback about your performance after taking a practice test, allowing you to get a better idea of which topics you have mastered and which may require further review before you can face them with confidence. Making a free Learning Tools account allows you to track your results—and your progress—over time. Face the revised GED’s Math section with confidence in your abilities by making good use of Varsity Tutors’ free GED Math resources!