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# Mathematics Exam Overview: GED Test Prep (page 2)

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Updated on Jul 5, 2011

### Exam Topics

The math section of the GED tests you on the following subjects:

• measurement
• algebra
• geometry
• number relations
• data analysis

Each of these subjects is detailed in this section along with tips and strategies for solving them.

### Using Calculators

The GED Mathematics Exam is given in two separate booklets; Part I and Part II. The use of calculators is permitted on Part I only. You will not be allowed to use your own. The testing facility will provide a calculator for you. The calculator that will be used is the Casio fx-260 SOLAR. It is important for you to become familiar with this calculator as well as how to use it. Use a calculator only when it will save you time or improve your accuracy.

### Formula Page

A page with a list of common formulas is provided with all test forms. You are allowed to use this page when you are taking the exam. It is necessary for you to become familiar with the formula page and to understand when and how to use each formula.

### Gridded-Response and Set-Up Questions

There are ten non–multiple choice questions in the math portion of the GED. These questions require you to find an answer and to fill in circles on a grid or on a coordinate axis.

### Standard Grid-in Questions

When you are given a question with a grid like the one that follows, keep these guidelines in mind:

• First, write your answer in the blank boxes at the top of the grid. This will help keep you organized as you "grid in" the bubbles and ensure that you fill them out correctly.
• You can start in any column, but leave enough columns for your whole answer.
• You do not have to use all of the columns. If your answer takes up only two or three columns, leave the others blank.
• You can write your answer by using either fractions or decimals. For example, if your answer is , you can enter it as a fraction, 1/4, or as a decimal, .25.
• The slash (/) is used to signify the fraction bar of the fraction. The numerator should be bubbled to the left of the fraction bar and the denominator should be bubbled in to the right. See the example that follows.

• When your answer is a mixed number, it must be represented on the standard grid in the form of an improper fraction. For example, for the answer 1, grid in 5/4.
• When you are asked to plot a point on a coordinate grid like this one, simply fill in the bubble where the point should appear.