The calculator was added to the GED Mathematics Test as a useful tool for the student. It is not there to take the place of a student's understanding of how to set up and solve problems. Students will still need to know how to approach and solve a problem, as well as judge the reasonableness of their answers. In addition, students will have to complete Part II of the GED Mathematics Test without a calculator.
The calculator enables students to focus on solving problems by using their critical thinking skills rather than completing tedious computations. Any problem on Part I of the GED Mathematics Test can be answered using paper and pencil—the calculator is not a requirement. However, it is a tool that will enable students to complete problems faster and often with greater accuracy.