The GED Mathematics Test

What kind of test is this? The GED Mathematics Test consist of multiple-choice questions. Almost all of the questions will be word problems - - short story or situation that asks a question. Each of these questions is followed by five possible answer choices, only one of which is correct

These math items will test not only your ability to perform arithmetic and algebraic operations but also your ability to use problem-solving skills. Some problem-solving skills that you will need to exercise are:

Selecting necessary information in a problem
Knowing when you have not been given enough information to solve a problem
Estimate an approximate answer

What does the test look like? There are 56 multiple-choice questions, and you will be given 90 minutes to complete the test. About one-third of the items will be based on diagrams, charts or graphs. Some of the questions will appear in what are called “Item Sets”. An Item Set is a short passage or situation that is followed by two or more questions based on that passage.

Some of the questions on the GED Mathematics Test will not require you to do any computation. Instead, you will have to decide what information is necessary to solve a given problem. In some problems, the answer choice not enough information is provided will appear as on of the five possible answers, and it may be the correct answer.

What is on the test? The GED Mathematics Test can be broken down into these content areas:

Arithmetic 50%
Algebra 30%
Geometry 20%