GED Test Prep: Conquering the Mathematical Reasoning Section

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

If you want to do well on the Mathematical Reasoning section of the GED test, you’ll need to be familiar with the following four major areas:

  • Algebra, equations, and patterns
  • Data analysis, statistics, and probability
  • Measurement and geometry
  • Number operations

More specifically, about 45 percent of the questions focus on quantitative problem solving and the other about 55 percent focuses on algebraic problem solving. You have 115 minutes to complete 45 questions. The Mathematical Reasoning (Math) test has many of the same types of problems as the other sections (multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, and so on).

To succeed on the Math test, you should have a good grasp of the basic operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. You should be able to perform these operations quickly and accurately and, in the case of simple numbers, perform them mentally. The more automatic and accurate your responses are, the less time you’ll need for each item, and the greater your chances are of finishing the test on time with a few minutes to spare to check any items you may have skipped or answers you want to double-check.

The other skill you should try to master is reading quickly and accurately. Most of the items are written in English prose and you’re expected to know how to answer the item from the passage presented. Try to increase your reading speed and test yourself for accuracy. If you are a slow reader, type “speed reading” in any Internet search engine to get some hints. You can check for accuracy by writing down what you think you read without looking at the passage and seeing how close you can come to it. More important than knowing whether you can recall each and every word is knowing how accurate you are so that you can compensate for issues before the test.