Working with Grid Formats
Why Use Grid Formats?
You may wonder why the GED Mathematics Test has students generate answers and fill in grids.
Think about it. In real life, a person is rarely asked to solve a problem by selecting one of five multiple-choice answers. When you go to the store to purchase carpet for a room in your house, you are not asked to select a possible square footage of the room. It is up to you to provide the correct footage so the salesperson can help you complete the purchase.
To more closely simulate real-life problem solving, twenty percent (20%) of the questions on the Math Test will require the student to generate an answer to a problem and record that answer on a grid format.
If this is cause for concern for your students, give them this advice:
As you help students prepare for the GED Mathematics Test, you will want to take some time to talk about strategies for using grid formats.
Read the information about test-taking strategies. You may wish to print this list for your students.