GED Mathematical Reasoning Sample Questions

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

The Mathematical Reasoning section of the GED is tough for many test takers. Doing sample questions and practice tests are a great way to prepare for test day. Also, remember those formulas!

Sample questions

  1. Susie is shopping for a few groceries. She buys a loaf of bread for $1.29 and a half gallon of milk for $1.47. She sees her favorite cheese on sale for $2.07. If she has $5.00 in her purse, can she buy the cheese if there is no tax on food?

    • (A) unsure

    • (B) yes

    • (C) not enough money

    • (D) not enough information

      Year Annual Production (In Million Units)
      2013 43
      2012 29
      2011 72
      2010 70
      2009 71
  2. Use the chart above to answer this question. The general manager of the Wonderful World of Widgets wants to present these figures in a visual, easily understood way to the board of directors to help them understand the effect that the downturn in the economy is having on the production of widgets. What would be the best way to present the figures?

    • (A) a graph

    • (B) a series of tables

    • (C) verbal descriptions

    • (D) a movie of how widgets are used in America

  3. Georgio wants to climb a ladder perched beside his house to check the condition of the eaves, which are 22 feet above the ground. For safety, the ladder should be placed 10 feet from the house. The minimum length of ladder he would need to reach the eaves, rounded up to the nearest foot, would be ___________ feet.

  4. Where are all the points with an x-coordinate of –4 located on a graph?

    • (A) 4 units above the x-axis

    • (B) 4 units to the left of the x-axis

    • (C) units above the y-axis

    • (D) 4 units to the left of the y-axis

      Age Women Men
      Under 20 years old 27.6% 11.7%
      20 to 24 years old 36.6% 38.8%
      25 to 29 years old 16.4% 22.3%
      30 to 34 years old 8.5% 11.6%
      35 to 39 years old 5.1% 6.5%
  5. Use the chart above to answer this question. Which of the following must be true, based on the information in this table, in order to reduce the chance of divorce?

    • (A) Younger women should marry older men.

    • (B) Older men should marry younger women.

    • (C) Fewer men get divorced than women.

    • (D) You can’t draw any of these conclusions from this table.

  6. The students in a math class are looking at the equation A = l @@ts w. The teacher asks what result doubling the length (l) would have on the area (A). What answer is correct?

    • (A) makes it two times larger

    • (B) makes it four times larger

    • (C) makes it three times larger

    • (D) can’t determine the result without the value of w

  7. A wall is 20 feet long and 8 feet high. If all of it is to be painted with two coats of blue paint, how many square feet of wall have to be covered?

    • (A) 56

    • (B) 160

    • (C) 230

    • (D) 320

  8. Where on a graph would the point (–4, –4) be?

    • (A) four units to the right and four units below the corresponding axis

    • (B) four units to the left and four units below the corresponding axis

    • (C) four units to the left and four units above the corresponding axis

    • (D) four units to the right and four units above the corresponding axis

  9. Roger and Ekua went shopping together. Ekua spent twice as much for clothing as Roger did. If their total expenditure for clothing was $90.00, how much did Roger spend for clothing?

Answers

  1. B. yes.

  2. A.

  3. 25.

  4. D.

  5. D.

  6. A.

  7. D. 320.

  8. B.

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  9. 30.00.