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How to Manage Your Time for the GED Math Test

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

Many GED test takers are intimidated by the math test. Try not to be intimidated by the word math or the subject as a whole. Remember that finding the easiest way to solve a problem is usually the right way. If your way is too long and complicated, it’s probably not right.

The Mathematical Reasoning test allows you 115 minutes to complete 50 questions. You must answer the first five items without using the calculator, and then the rest follow after you have answered these five questions. The rest of your time is yours to divide any way you see fit. Just remember that you have to answer a question to get a mark.

On the computerized GED test, each question is given a specific number of points depending on how difficult it is. That means that each version of the test may have a different number of questions, but each test has the same number of points. Don’t worry if you find out after you leave that you had fewer or more items than a friend. It will all work out.

To help you manage your time for the Math test, check out the following suggestions:

  • Stay on schedule. Being able to manage your time is the most important indicator of success on the Math test. If you can keep to your schedule of less than 1 1/2 minutes per question, you’ll have enough time to go over your answers and make any changes necessary after you finish solving all the questions.

    With such a tight schedule for taking the Math test, you have no time to panic. Aside from the fact that panicking distracts you from your overall goal, it also takes time — and you have very little time to spare. So relax and just do your best — save the panicking for another day.

  • Know when to move ahead. If you don’t see what’s being asked by a question within a few seconds, reread the question and try again. If it still isn’t clear, go on to the next question. Spending all your time trying to solve one problem at the expense of the others isn’t a good idea. If you have time left at the end, you can always go back.

  • Keep an eye on the time. The timer on the computer screen is your only time-management tool. You’re not allowed to bring any electronics into the testing area.