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Mathematics Test

Basic Facts

  • The Mathematics Test has 50 items. Of these, 40 are multiple-choice format, and 10 are grid format.
  • Half of the Mathematics Test items are based on graphics.
  • The Mathematics content areas:
    • Number operations and number sense 20-30%
    • Data analysis, statistics, and probability 20-30%
    • Algebra, functions, and patterns 20-30%
    • Measurement and geometry 20-30%
  • The Mathematics Test is 90 minutes in length. Part I is administered first. Each candidate is provided the test booklet for Part I, a calculator, and scratch paper. At the end of 45 minutes, the calculator and scratch paper are taken up. The test booklet for Part II is then distributed with new scratch paper.
  • On Part I of the Math Test, students use a Casio fx-260 scientific calculator (provided at the testing center).
  • After Part I is completed, the Part I booklets and the calculator are collected. If the candidate completes Part II in less than 45 minutes, he/she may return to Part I and complete that section; however, the candidate must do so without the aid of a calculator.
  • A page of math formulas is provided for reference during the test.

The Mathematics Test has two parts, each with 25 questions. Part I allows the use of a scientific calculator; Part II does not.

The Mathematics Test includes 10 grid questions in which students plot their answers. On the standard grids, students “bubble in” numeric answers. On the coordinate grids, students plot points on a coordinate graph.

Multiple sources of data are required to solve some of the questions. Some questions ask students to identify a correct method for solving a problem, rather than to find the correct answer.

More students have difficulty passing the GED Mathematics Test than any other test. Many GED students are math-phobic, having had difficulty with math since elementary school.

The math training module sections on problem solving, calculator, and grid formats will help you develop skills and strategies to help students prepare for the Mathematics Test.