Preparing for the GED Math Test: What to Expect

The math portion of the GED (General Educational Development) test is usually the most difficult for students to pass. The following article will discuss options for practice tests and other ways you can prepare.

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What's on the Math Test?

The math portion of the GED will assess your knowledge of mathematical concepts and how they apply to real-world situations. According to the American Council on Education's GED Testing Service, the math test has four main areas of content, which include algebra, geometry, data analysis and number operations (

This section includes functions and patterns. You'll have to solve many types of equations, including linear, quadratic and systems.
Data analysis
Here, you can expect questions on statistics and probability, including those on mean, median and mode.
The questions in this section are on measurement, the Pythagorean Theorem, lines, angles, area, volume and graphing.
Number operations
These questions include all arithmetic, fractions and decimals.

Where Can I Find Practice Tests?

You can find practice tests through adult education centers, at bookstores and online. The GED Testing Service website also lists recommended online sources for practice tests. For instance, Steck-Vaughn has the official practice test in English and Spanish. Their test has questions covering all of the math content areas, along with answers and detailed feedback (

GED Testing Service also recommends the practice test from GED Connection, a program offered through PBS Literacy Link. You can find sample questions and answers on their website. It's free but registration is required on the website (

Adult education centers and agencies also offer in-person practice tests. You can find a location near you by contacting your county or state education office or by looking it up on the GED Testing Service website. Many adult centers will review the test with you and offer remedial classes, which are a good option if you haven't been in school for a while or didn't complete many math classes.

How Can I Prepare?

There are many sources available to help you prepare for the GED math test in a manner that best suits your learning style. Depending on how well you do on the practice test, you can prepare for the GED by taking adult education classes online and even by watching lessons presented via your local public television station. You can also purchase materials through commercial publishers.

Adult education classes are a good place to find help because you'll have support from an instructor, who can explain the material. Many classes at adult centers are scheduled in the evening or on weekends. Some GED preparation centers will even design an individualized plan for you to help you achieve your goals.

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