GED Test Prep: Mathematical Reasoning Question Types

By Murray Shukyn, Dale E. Shuttleworth, Achim K. Krull

The computerized GED test will have questions that test your mathematical reasoning ability. Here are some of the specific test formats you’ll encounter in the Mathematical Reasoning section of the GED test.


When you need a calculator, press the calculator tab, and a calculator appears that you can use to solve problems. Find out more about the calculator on the GED test at the GED Testing Service website.


Multiple-choice questions

Most of the items in the Mathematical Reasoning section are multiple-choice. The question presents you with four possible answer choices, only one of which is correct, although the other answer options may be close or incorporate common errors. Carefully read the item, question, and possible answers. Answer the question using the information provided in the item.

The only exception is the list of formulas given when you click on the Formula button. Any of these can be used where appropriate. Here’s a basic example of a multiple-choice question.


On the computer, you use the mouse to select the answer.

Sometimes multiple-choice questions appear in a split-screen with the question on the left-hand side and the possible answers on the right-hand side. In either case, after you decide on the correct answer, you click the appropriate letter with your mouse.


This particular question has some interesting buttons integrated into the format: a button to call up the calculator, one to fetch the formula sheet, and one for the calculator reference.

Some passages or questions may be longer than the space provided in the item. Look for the scroll bar to scroll down to the bottom of the item.

Fill-in-the-blank questions

These questions require that you type a numeric answer or an equation in a box provided, using the keyboard. You may have to use the symbols on the keyboard or click on the Symbol tab for additional symbols that you may need.


After reading the item carefully, you use the keyboard to type your answer in the box. You’ll notice two interesting additions in this format:

  • Flag for Review allows you to return to this item.

  • Symbol causes a series of symbols to appear on the screen, which you can use in answering the item.


Other types of questions

In addition, the Mathematical Reasoning section has drop-down menu, drag-and-drop, and hot-spot questions just like the other three sections of the test.