The Mathematics Test for the GED is designed to measure your core knowledge of the standard high school mathematics curriculum. This test measures your ability to apply basic math concepts and theories in practical, real-life situations. This test also measures your ability to read and interpret math content in variety of written and graphic forms, such as charts, tables, graphs, drawings and diagrams and even word problems.
The test can be tricky, because it includes critical thinking, not just simple calculations and operations—it’s not checking to see if you can memorize equations and formulas. To be successful, you need to be analytic, systematic, and well organized, and develop a variety of problem solving strategies and tactics.
To prepare for the test and set your proper mindset, you need to set your target date and goal! Creating the right goals will help you gain the success you deserve. You must also design the right plan and the right schedule to help you stay focused, and then work through your preparation plan, which should include a pre-test or assessment test if you’ve never taken the test before.
Here are some important strategies for GED Math Test preparation:
1. Study Your Weaknesses. Write down any areas of weakness you noticed from your original exam, pretest or assessment test. Include questions you were unable to attempt as well as spots where you were unsure how to move to the next step. Functional areas such as specific mathematical notations or functions you were unfamiliar with are also helpful to note. Focus on these weaknesses to prepare you for your next attempt.
2. Calculator. Practice using a Casio fx-260 calculator, which is the official calculator for Part I of the GED. The fx-260 is a scientific calculator capable of handling the basic calculations required to succeed on the GED. You must become familiar with the calculator and its various functions.
3. Practice Sample Tests and Sample Problems. Take sample tests, particularly noting any weaknesses or areas of confusion. These tests give you a range of problems to review while keeping you thinking about the math you will see on the exam. Taking these sample tests may also help jog your memory regarding the specifics of your previous GED test that gave you trouble. The more math problems you practice, the better you will know how to apply principles to solve them.
4. Back to Basics. Spend some time each day studying your GED math topics. Re-acclimate yourself to the rules behind basic algebra and geometry. Focus on the basic properties of algebraic formulas and the fundamental rules of geometry. The GED tests your ability to use these rules, understand their meanings and solve equations using them.
5. Have Your Own Study Plan and Learning Path. Based on their own pretest and assessment test, each student will study with their own study plan. If you need help studying, tutors can guide you in developing an individualized study plan to master GED Math.
More Online Resources:
GED Strategy: KET (Kentucky Education Television)
GED Test Info:
- Mathematics: http://www.ket.org/gedtestinfo/math/
- Problem Solving: http://www.ket.org/gedtestinfo/math/math_11.htm
- Calculator: http://www.ket.org/gedtestinfo/math/calculator/
- Grid Formats: http://www.ket.org/gedtestinfo/math/grid/
GED Math: McGraw Hill Online Learning Center
- GED Math Students Center: http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0809222329/student_view0/
- GED Math Practice Test: http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0809222329
- Khan Academy: http://www.khanacademy.org
- CA DOE – General Educational Development Test (GED): http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/gd/
Benjamin Oh is an instructor at California College San Diego.