Recognizing the Skills Required to Pass the GED Mathematical Reasoning Test

By Murray Shukyn, Achim K. Krull

Part of GED Mathematical Reasoning Test For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Uncertainty can generate significant test anxiety. To lessen the anxiety and boost your performance on the GED Mathematical Reasoning test, get a general idea of what’s covered on the test. To do well on the test, you need to be able to do the following:

  • Perform basic mathematical operations, including: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, finding the square and square roots of numbers, and finding the cube and cube roots of numbers.

  • Perform mathematical operations with fractions, decimals, and percentages.

  • Recognize number patterns and determine the missing number in a given pattern.

  • Read and understand word problems and translate them into mathematical operations that can be solved.

  • Read and extract data from various types of graphs, including bar and column graphs, pie charts, and line graphs from diagrams and tables.

  • Apply mathematical concepts to real-world situations, such as calculating the interest on a loan or the rate of speed required to reach a certain destination at a specific time.

  • Calculate the perimeter and area of two-dimensional objects and the surface area and volume of three-dimensional objects when provided with formulas to perform the calculations.

  • Use the Pythagorean theorem to calculate the length of one side of a right triangle when given the lengths of the other two sides.

  • Determine the mean, median, and mode of a group of numbers.

  • Solve linear equations that describe the slope of a line drawn on the coordinate plane.

  • Calculate the probability of one or more random events occurring, such as rolling a certain number on a six-sided die.

  • Solve for unknown variables when given the values of the other variables in an equation.