 Test Tips for the GED Mathematical Reasoning Test - dummies

# Test Tips for the GED Mathematical Reasoning Test

Some test takers struggle with certain sections of the GED. The Mathematical Reasoning test is challenging for some. Here are a few tips to help you. As you prepare for the Mathematical Reasoning test, do the following:

• Master arithmetic fundamentals. About half of the Math test depends on basic arithmetic (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, decimals, and fractions). The better you know the fundamentals, the better you can do on the test.

• Understand how to solve problems. To get a handle on how to solve basic mathematical problems, do a lot of practice problems before the test. The more problems you solve, the more natural solving problems will become. Borrow or buy as many math books as you can, and use the sample questions in them to develop your problem-solving skills.

Check every answer immediately after you work the question. If you answered it incorrectly, figure out why. If you still have trouble with that problem, ask someone to explain the solution to you. You can also check online for free math quiz websites that provide worksheets with answers. YouTube is also a good place to look for lessons on how to handle a particular math problem.

• Understand the rules of math. Textbooks are full of rules, theorems, hypotheses, and so on. Read over as many of these rules as you can, and try to explain the main ones to a friend. If you can explain a particular rule (the Pythagorean theorem, for example) to a friend and he or she understands it, you’ve mastered the rule.

If you can’t explain it, ask someone to help you better understand the rule. If you’re not sure where to start, begin by looking at the formula sheet provided on the GED test. Try to explain what each formula does and how it works.

• Sign up for a math prep class or a math study group. The loneliest time is sitting in a room staring at a wrong answer without anyone to ask why it’s wrong. If you’re having trouble with math, swallow your pride and enroll for a math class or study group where you can get some help and have access to someone who can answer your questions.