The GED (General Education Diploma) is a standardized, comprehensive examination administered to students who are seeking an alternate route for high school completion. The test is recognized by every state in the United States as an equivalency to the high school diploma. It may be used in place of a diploma in order to apply for college and/or join the workforce. Any educational institution not accredited by their state’s education department would most likely administer the test at the end of a student’s 12th grade year. Individuals or groups may also take the test to earn a diploma; however, each state has its own policy regarding eligibility requirements.

The test is comprised of four subject areas: Reasoning through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies. It contains various question formats such as multiple choice, drag and drop, fill in the blank, and short answer. There are three different versions of the exam and students are allowed to schedule each section according to their individual needs; thus all four sections are not required on the same test date. General information for the GED may be found on the official GED site.

The GED Mathematical Reasoning test contains problems that focus on algebraic problem solving and quantitative problem solving. This section of the GED strives to achieve two foundational goals in the scope of mathematics. It assesses the fluency and understanding of various topics in math. It also assesses the student’s ability to apply these skills when presented with problems in various contexts. There are several question formats used throughout the test. Some of these are drag and drop, multiple-choice, and fill-in-the-blank. It is estimated that 45% of the exam contains problems related to quantitative topics, while 55% of the exam contains algebra problems with varying levels of difficulty. The content for actual questions was gathered from areas of academia as well as the workplace.

The test is comprised of two sections. The first section contains approximately five questions which are used to assess basic skills. The second section contains approximately 40 questions and students may bring a hand-held calculator on this section only. They are allowed 115 minutes to complete the exam. 

In addition to assessing a student’s mathematical ability, the GED Mathematical Reasoning test is designed to assess reasoning skills used by students to complete mathematical word problems of varying complexities. Other important topics to know would include linear inequalities, Pythagorean Theorem, surface area, volume, graphs, tables, and charts. For further information about this test and to access practice questions and/or study preparation materials, click here.

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