How to Score High on GED Mathematics

GED mathematics covers a broad range of material, all of which is typically covered in four years of high school. The basics of arithmetic and number properties, simple and advanced algebra, geometry, statistics, and functions are tested.

Doing well on the GED mathematics test requires careful study. If it has been many years since you have not explored complex math, or you have never considered yourself a "math person," you can still excel on the GED math test. You will find that the concepts come back to you rather quickly as you practice. This guide has tips to help you ace the GED mathematics section.

Brush up on mental math and estimation. Calculators are only allowed on the first part of the GED math test, but on the second part, you will need to demonstrate that you can solve problems with paper and pencil, or in your head. If needed, make flash cards for division and multiplication tables.

Review methods for solving algebra equations. Simple linear equations, systems of equations, and quadratics are covered on the GED mathematics test. Also review the graphing functions. Graphing calculators are not permitted on the GED.

Study geometry concepts, including perimeter, area, and volume. Triangles and circles are the most frequently featured figures. Make a list of important equations, such as the formulae for the area of a circle, area of a triangle, area of a polygon, volume of a prism, volume of a sphere, etc.

Purchase a GED study guide that has plenty of questions on data interpretation and statistics. Understand the distinction between average and median, what range is, and how to calculate and interpret standard deviation. Know how to make mathematical deductions based on graphical data.

Eighty percent of the GED math questions are multiple choice, and 20% are open, meaning that you have to calculate the answer yourself. Become comfortable with this question format by doing many practice problems. Check your GED study guide to make sure that it includes many samples of the latter question type.

Don't have to worry about trigonometry, calculus, or imaginary numbers. As of 2002, these concepts are not tested on the GED. GED mathematics can mastered with time and practice. Take full-length sample exams every week or so to measure your progress. Always go back over your practice tests to identify the questions you had trouble with, and focus on those questions types before you take another sample test.

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