Page 1 Mathematical Reasoning Study Guide for the GED® test

As you study for the Math Reasoning portion of the GED test, you will want to consider these facts:

  • The time allowed is 115 minutes and there is no break included.

  • The first 5 questions do not allow calculator use and must be completed and submitted before you move on to the remaining math questions. They are not timed separately, however, so you will need to consider how much time to spend on the “no-calculator” questions, before moving on.

  • After the first 5 questions, you may use a TI-30XS calculator.

  • You will also have access to several references during the test, including a page of math formulas and a calculator guide. Before the test day, become familiar with the information contained in each of these and how/when to use this information.

  • Besides the traditional multiple choice, there will be several other types of questions on this section of the 2014 GED test. It would be a good idea to become familiar with them so that you can focus on finding the answers when taking the test.

  • This test will measure your ability to calculate, but it will also assess your reasoning ability. Finding the correct answer will involve a combination of knowing what to do and doing it accurately.

Steps for solving a math problem

Often, how you go about solving a math problem is the key. As you proceed, try asking these questions:

What is the question asking for?
Questions can be wordy and it’s important to know exactly what information they are asking you to find.

What information do I have?
Sometimes just listing what you do know will help you figure out what equation you need to use.

Do I need a formula?
Remember, you will have access to a list of the most commonly used math formulas. You don’t need to memorize them, but you do need to know which one to use and what the abbreviations stand for. Example: A = b x h means Area = base x height.

What steps do I need to follow?
As you read the question, jot down key words to use as a sort of map, so you don’t forget to do a step.

Finally, does my answer make sense?
For example, if the question asked how many books a person read in 1 day and the first answer you got was 2,325, it would be obvious that you needed to try again.