How to Answer Basic Multiple-Choice Questions on the GED Math Test - dummies

How to Answer Basic Multiple-Choice Questions on the GED Math Test

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

Most of the questions on the GED Math test are a form of multiple-choice. You’re given four possible answers, and all you have to do is choose the one best answer.

The multiple-choice questions on the Math test are pretty straightforward. You’re given some information or a figure and asked to solve the problem based on that info. Here are a couple examples.

Milton wanted to be taller than his father, who was 2 yards tall. Milton was 5 feet 10 inches tall even when he stretched. How much taller would Milton have to grow to be taller than his father by at least an inch?

  • (A) 1 inch

  • (B) 2 inches

  • (C) 3 inches

  • (D) 4 inches

The first thing you have to do with questions like this one is make sure all measurements are in the same format. Two yards equals 6 feet (1 yard = 3 feet). So Milton is 2 inches shorter than his father.

The question asks how much he would have to grow to be at least 1 inch taller than his father. If he were to grow 3 inches, he would have reached that goal. Choice (C) is correct.

Samantha was a super salesperson and by far the best salesperson at Industrial Chemical and Explosives Ltd. She was so good that she knew that she had to work for only three months not only to beat the sales records of her fellow salespeople but also to boost the total sales for the company substantially. The following chart appeared in the company’s annual report.

In which quarter do you think Samantha made all her sales?


  • (A) 1st

  • (B) 2nd

  • (C) 3rd

  • (D) 4th

The graph shows that the majority of sales were made in the first quarter, and if Samantha’s boasts were correct, the majority of those sales would have been made by her. In the other nine months of the year, without her sales, the sales slipped considerably. In a graph such as this one, the area of the segment of the circle represents the data.