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Measurement and Geometry

Geometry and measurement skills are often used in daily life. Think about some of the ways that you use this form of math. When cooking, you probably use measuring skills. When you do repair work on your home or think about buying a rug, you use measurement and even geometric shapes and formulas. Uses for geometry and measurement can be found everywhere.

The GED Mathematics Test includes questions in the areas of measurement and geometry. Approximately 20%-30% of the questions require that students:

  • Use geometric shapes such as lines, angles, squares, rectangles, and other quadrilaterals, triangles, and circles.
  • Find measurements for perimeter, circumference, area, and volume.
  • Identify and use different units of measure - both metric and standard.
  • Use spatial visualization skills through describing and analyzing diagrams, charts, and figures.
  • Use and apply concepts, principles, formulas, and theorems.
  • Plot coordinates on grids.

Remember, students will be provided with a formulas page that they can use during the test. However, you will need to teach students how to use these different formulas and apply the correct formula to a given situation.

You may wish to print a copy of the formulas page (pdf) that is used on the GED Mathematics Test for your students. The formulas page is reprinted with permission of the GED Testing Service (c) 2001.