The GED Mathematics Test section provides information on the content, expectations, and purpose of the Test, as well as an explanation of the types of questions on the Test. Click on the graphic to begin the lesson on the GED Mathematics Test.
While you study GED® measurement and geometry skills, it is helpful to put them in the context of the test as a whole.
According to the GED Testing Service®, the GED Mathematics Test covers four major areas, each of which constitutes 20% to 30% of the questions.
The test is administered in two, equally weighted parts.
• Students are provided with a Casio fx-260 calculator for this portion of the test. A downloadable PDF of the Calculator Handbook is found in the Resources section of this course.
A passing score of the GED Mathematics Test is the same as the other subject areas:
On the GED Testing Service website, the purpose of the Mathematics Test is explained this way:
"The GED Mathematics Test assesses an understanding of mathematical concepts and the application of those concepts to various situations. The test:
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Forty of the 50 questions on the GED Mathematics test are in the multiple-choice format:
• an incorrect understanding of what the question is asking
• failure to complete all steps to reach a solution
• an incorrect procedure or formula
• failure to integrate information from a problem with an accompanying graphic
• Procedural (20%)
• Conceptual (30%)
• Application/Modeling/Problem Solving (50%)
Ten of the 50 questions on the GED Mathematics Test are in alternative formats. Instead of selecting from five answer choices, students will have to record their choices on two different types of grids.
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These grids appear on both Part 1 and Part 2 of the Mathematics Test:
About 50% of the questions on the GED® Mathematics Test are based on a graphic or a table. These graphics may:
Some of the common graphics on the Mathematics Test include:
Because of their importance to success with measurement and geometry questions, Lines, Angles, and Triangles: Lesson 8— Problem Solving with Drawings focuses on working with graphics.
As a part of the GED Mathematics Test, students will have access to a formulas page, shown to the left.
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