The GED Math Test: What to Expect

A Reasoning Test

The GED Math test is NOT a computation test; it is a reasoning test. If you spend the majority of your time memorizing computation algorithms, like how to add and subtract fractions or how to divide decimals, without taking the time to develop your math reasoning skills, you'll be in trouble come test day!

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The good news is, the GED Math test is very predictable. There are some favorite topics that come up again and again and again. Developing these skills can make a huge difference on test day!

  • Basic Algebra

  • Slope and Lines

  • Formula Sheet based geometry

  • Data Analysis

  • Interpreting Word Problems

Check out the video below to get more information about the types of problems that come up in each area. Check out the math study guide from the official testing service,, for a complete listing of all possible question types.

Use Your TOOLS!

More good news! When you take your test, you'll have important tools available to you.

  • An on-screen version of the TI-30XS Multiview Calculator. (You may also use and/or bring a handheld version when doing in-person testing. Contact your testing center for their calculator policy)

  • The GED Formula Sheet

  • Whiteboard and dry erase markers (in person testing) or an onscreen whiteboard and scratch pad (online testing) for scratch work. Knowing how to use these tools before the big day will greatly improve your chances of success!

Typical GED Style Problems

Check out the style of problems that the GED favors that you'll master in this course.