How can I Score Well on the GED&Reg; Math Test?

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Passing the General Education Development® (GED®) test gives a person the equivalent of a high school diploma. The math test is one of five sections of the exam. To score well on the GED® math test, you need a sound understanding of the concepts tested in each of the four content areas covered in this section. Studying and practicing to improve test-taking skills will also help you achieve a higher score.

You need to score at least 410 out of 800 total points to pass the GED® math test. This equates to getting about 30 to 33 questions correct out of the 50 questions in this section. Passing the entire exam requires an average of 450 on each of the five sections, so a higher score on the math section helps your overall score as well.

Consider taking a practice test before you start studying so you can identify which math concepts require more focus. The GED® math test is comprised of two sections covering four content areas, each of which comprises 20 to 30 percent of the math test, or 10 to 15 questions, so you will want to do well in all areas. Choosing an online test that shows your scores for each area so you know which concepts you need to study can be especially helpful.


The number operations and number sense content area covers basic arithmetic operations using various methods of representing numbers, such as fractions, decimals, and percentages. Measurement and geometry questions test basic principles of geometry and measurement concepts, such as converting units and calculating area and volume. The data, analysis, statistics, and probability section tests your ability to interpret and represent data in graphs, evaluate arguments, make predictions based on data, and calculate basic statistical parameters such as mean and mode. Questions on algebra, functions, and patterns cover basic algebra, such as solving and graphing equations with variables.

Study for each of the content areas, but focus on the areas where your scores were weakest on the practice test. You may want to purchase a test preparation book to help you study. High school algebra and geometry textbooks can also help. The American Council on Education, which develops the GED® test, sells test preparation materials, as do several other publishers.

Experts generally recommend practicing with test questions, which commonly are found in test preparation books. The GED® math test has two sections of 25 questions each. You can use a calculator for the first section, but no calculator is allowed for the second section, only a formula sheet. Practice solving questions without a calculator using the formula sheet so you will be comfortable doing it on test day. Most questions are multiple choice, but each section also has five questions that require you to graph the answer on a coordinate system, so practice graphing answers as well.

Use strategies on the day of the test to help you narrow down answers and get through all the GED® math test questions in the allotted time. Read the question and all the answers first and eliminate any answers that are obviously wrong. Estimate an answer before performing complex calculations and see if you can pick an answer based on the estimate. If a question has units, double-check which units the answer should be in and eliminate any answers with different units.


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When you are looking for GED math practice tests you should know that not all the practice tests you find online are the same. You should do a bit of searching and read reviews to see which sites and which tests are going to do a better job of preparing you for what you will see when you take the real GED test.

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@mobilian33 - I don't necessarily agree with you that a kid who is taking the GED math test does not need to know, or shouldn't be tested on algebra and geometry. I'm sure many of the people who get GED's don't go on to get other degrees. However, I know plenty of them who do.

There are many reasons that people get GED's instead of completing the traditional high school classes at the traditional high schools. Some people take the test and get these degrees then go on to college or technical schools. They may need the basics of higher math courses so they will have an easier time adjusting as they go for higher degrees.

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I don't understand why algebra and geometry need to be part of the GED math test. We all know that most of us never use those subjects once we get in the real world anyway. Why should a kid who is just trying to get out of high school so he can get a job be required to know these things?

All he needs to know is the basics. He should know how to add and subtract, and divide and multiply and that should be what he is mostly tested on.

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