# GED Mathematical Reasoning: What is on the GED Math Test?

The GED, or General Education Development Test, is equivalent to a high school diploma. With a good score in GED, students can opt to study in colleges abroad. Countless colleges abroad accept applicants with a GED degree, and with a foreign degree, students can progress towards a prosperous career in their futures.

### The GED test has 4 sections-

• Mathematics, where students have to have a thorough knowledge of math, concepts, measurements, equations etc.
• Science, which tests students on the basics of scientific concepts.
• Social Studies, where students will have to relate given events and draw conclusions, and
• Reasoning Through Language Arts, which tests students on basic knowledge of the English Language.

### Who is eligible for the GED Test?

Individuals of at least 16 years of age, who are looking for an alternative to sitting for their Advanced Levels can sit for the GED Test. This is a test that is equivalent to a high school diploma and is widely accepted abroad.

### How important is the GED Math Section:

Application boards of colleges and universities may grant you acceptances based on your individual GED scores, but a good Math score is always encouraged in order to open up a diverse range of programs.

For most degree applications abroad, colleges prefer a passing score on the Math section of the GED test. This is because, with a good foundation in maths, you will have a greater opportunity and a much more diverse range of choices of programs when applying to colleges abroad.

### What exactly is on the GED Math Test?

The GED Mathematical Reasoning Test covers the basic and most important topics of mathematics- Algebra, Arithmetic, Geometry, and Graphs and Functions. The test comprises 46 questions split into two parts- the first part contains 5 questions, and the second part contains the remaining 41 questions. The total duration for the test is 115 minutes, which is 1 hour and 55 minutes.

### Are calculators allowed in the GED Math Test?

The GED Math Test is divided into two parts. The first part contains 5 questions, which you are not allowed to use the calculator. However, the second part contains 41 questions, and you will be allowed to take help from a calculator.

### What is the GED Math Test Format and Scoring?

The GED Math Test scoring is in regard to the size of each of the questions and how many answers a question may carry. For example, a multiple-choice answer could be one mark, but for a multiple-select question, the mark for each question will be two or three. To pass the GED Math Test, you must obtain a score within a range of 145-164,  on a scale of 100 to 200. This means that you need to get about 65% of correct answers among all the questions, in order to pass your GED Math Test.

### What does the GED Math Test consist of?

The GED Math Test consists of questions covering the four basic areas of mathematics-

• Basic Math
• Algebra
• Geometry
• Graphs and Functions

### What are the major types of math to study in GED?

The GED Math Test tests students on the four basic areas of problem-solving using mathematical concepts. They are-

### 1. Basic Math:

In this section, students need to address the basic mathematical operations- addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Additionally, students also have to deal with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percentages in this section. Students will also be tested on their abilities to work with word problems, with regard to real-life contexts.

### 2. Algebra:

This section of the GED Math Test will deal with basic algebraic equations, inequalities, and formulas. This means that students need to be able to work with variables in a math question and use relevant mathematical formulas.

### 3. Geometry:

The Geometry section will deal with different kinds of 2D and 3D shapes, and students need to be able to find out their dimensions, volumes and surface areas, etc using correct formulas.

### 4. Graphs and Functions:

The final section of the GED Math Test consists of questions related to graphs and functions- being able to identify, read and analyze the different parts of a graph and functions, understanding how values are organized, and table-data entry procedures. Students must also be prepared to address maths relating to mean, mode, median, range, probability, etc.

### What are the kinds of questions that I have to answer on the GED Math Test?

Your GED Math test will contain 5 different kinds of question patterns.

1. Multiple choice questions- where you have to solve the given problem and choose the correct answer among the given options.
2. Multiple select- where you have to choose more than one correct answer from the given options of answers, based on your mathematical workings.
3. Fill in the blank- where you have to find the correct answer that is missing from the question, and input that into the given blank space, by solving a problem.
4. Matching- here, you have to match the given information with the appropriate, given answers.
5. Table entry- where you will have to fill in the missing contents in a given table with the correct answers.

### How many questions are in the GED Math Test?

The GED Mathematical Reasoning Test consists of 46 questions. This is divided into two parts. The first part has 5 questions where you are not allowed a calculator. The second part has 41 questions, where you may use a calculator.

### How to prepare for the GED Math Test?

The GED Math Test tests students on the basic applications of mathematical principles and on the foundations of problem-solving quantitatively.

It is always advisable to know your content beforehand. You should take a year or so to familiarise yourself with the contents of the GED Math Test and then prepare for it by taking multiple practice tests until you get a good score.

Before sitting for the practice tests, you should have a thorough knowledge of the four basic areas of math, and the kinds of questions that you may face. You are expected to be able to solve mathematical problems in basic math, algebra, geometry, graphs, and functions.

Once you have sat for the practice tests and assessed your scores as per your requirement, you can understand which areas you might be facing difficulties with. You can then understand which areas of mathematics you need more practice with, and proceed accordingly.

### Tips for your GED Math Test:

1. Be proficient in using a calculator. Even though you are not allowed a calculator for the first part of the exam, the second part allows you an on-screen calculator.
2. Practice plentifully prior to sitting for your exam. The Math questions are easier to crack when you have practiced similar questions before.
3. Stay calm. Most students lose marks over questions they are well capable of addressing because they get nervous, so it is important to clear your mind before sitting for your GED Math Test.

FAQ:

1. Where can I take a GED Course?

Individuals of at least 16 years of age, who are looking for an alternative to sitting for their Advanced Levels can sit for the GED Test. This is a test that is equivalent to a high school diploma and is widely accepted abroad.

The GED, or General Education Development Test, is equivalent to a high school diploma. With a good score in GED, students can opt to study in colleges abroad. Countless colleges abroad accept applicants with a GED degree, and with a foreign degree, students can progress towards a prosperous career in their futures.

The GED test has 4 sections-

• Mathematics, where students have to have a thorough knowledge of math, concepts, measurements, equations, etc.
• Science, which tests students on the basics of scientific concepts.
• Social Studies, where students will have to relate given events and draw conclusions, and
• Reasoning Through Language Arts, which tests students on basic knowledge of the English Language.

3. Where can I sit for my GED Test?

There are test centers available in Dhaka for students to sit for their exams. They must appear for their tests in the test centers.

The Dhanmondi and Banani branches of PIE – International Education are also registered Test Centres for the GED Tests.

4. What score do I need to pass the GED Math Test?

• The GED Math Test is scored on a scale of 100-200, and students must score in a range of 145 to 164, where 145 is the minimum score needed to pass.

5. Which is better, GED or HS Diploma?

The GED Test is equivalent to a high school diploma and is accepted by 98% of colleges and a good number of universities abroad.

6. How much is the GED Math Test?

The GED Math Test costs \$75

7. Is the GED Math Test hard to pass?

• The GED Math Test tests students’ capabilities in the application of basic math; solving word problems with mathematical reasoning. With proper preparation and practice, the GED Math Test is not very difficult to pass.

However, without enough practice, you might struggle with questions that might be slightly more difficult than the others.

8. can I use a calculator on the GED Math Test?

The GED Mathematical Reasoning Test is divided into two parts. The first part has 5 questions where you are not allowed a calculator. The second part has 41 questions, where you may use a calculator.

9. Is there a GED Math book available?

There are several GED Math books available.

PIE – International Education has a complete e-learning platform, complete with all the resources, workbooks, student books, and practice questions needed for your GED Math Test.

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