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Prepare for the GED® Math Test  

Master the skills you'll need to pass the Mathematical Reasoning module in the GED® test series.

Master the skills required to pass the Mathematical Reasoning module in the GED® test series. You will start off with a review of math basics and begin building the foundation you will need to solve the types of math problems commonly found on the test. In the process, you will develop hands-on experience with percentages, proportions, statistics, algebra, geometry, and more.

Each lesson will give you a chance to apply your knowledge by practicing with the same kind of questions you may find on the test. By the time you finish this course, you will be much more comfortable with your math skills, and you will know how, when, and why to use each math concept you learn.

Important: Some GED® Testing Centers require proof that you have passed a GED® test preparation course before you can take the official test. Before enrolling in this course, please check with the official GED® Testing Center where you intend to take your tests to make sure this course will meet their requirements. Not all states use the GED® test as their test for high school equivalency diploma.


Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or newer.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Prerequisites:

You should have the ability to read and write the English language at a high-school level. You should also be able to add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers. If you are testing in the United States, you should have an understanding of the English measurement system. If you're testing in Canada, you should be familiar with the metric system.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


Review basic math skills and apply your knowledge by practicing with the same kinds of questions you may find on the test. This course will help you master the skills required to pass the Mathematics Reasoning module of the GED Math Test.

Getting to Know the Test

The first lesson will help you become acquainted with the kinds of questions you'll see on the math portion of the GED® test. Did you know that you'll need to use a specific type of calculator? You'll also look at some basic math concepts and problem solving techniques that you can use throughout the course.

Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages

Fractions are the first skills that everyone forgets after leaving school. This lesson focuses on the basics of fractions, decimals, and percentages you'll need in order to prepare for the GED® math module. This lesson is intense, but those skills will most likely come back to you quickly.

Aunt Sally and the Rules of Math

Math laws and rules set the stage for the computations you'll perform in future lessons and on the math part of the GED® test. You'll find out how Aunt Sally will help you remember the order of operations, and you'll learn to write large numbers and small numbers without using dozens of zeros. You'll also find out the rules for adding negative numbers, so you'll never find your bank balance overdrawn.

Algebra Expressions

When you see test directions that tell you, "Solve for n," do you get nervous? In Lesson 4, you'll learn some terms that are used in algebra, including "variable" and "coefficient," and you'll find out how to simplify complicated expressions and solve problems. This lesson covers the basics of algebra and includes lots of practice to ensure that you understand those basics. Algebra isn't as scary as you might think!

Equations and Inequalities

This lesson is all about equations. First you'll learn the language of algebra, and then you'll write algebra sentences. From there, you'll move on to solving equations and inequalities.

Quadratic Equations

Everything you need to know about quadratic equations for the GED® test is in this lesson. You'll cover the greatest common factor, factoring, and the FOIL procedure. By the time you're done, you'll be confidently solving quadratic equations.

Using a Coordinate Grid

In Lesson 7, you'll put your algebra skills to work as you create lines on a coordinate grid. You'll locate points on a grid and then write equations for lines. By the end of the lesson, you'll know what slope is and how to figure out the steepness of a line.

Plane Figures and Angles

Lesson 8 includes math that you can use in your home improvement projects as well as on the GED® test. Need to paint or carpet a room? How about building a new fence for your yard? You'll learn how to figure the area and perimeter of all kinds of shapes.

Solid Geometry: The Third Dimension

Lesson 9 adds a third dimension to the plane objects in the previous lesson. You'll learn to compute the volume and surface area of solid objects, including prisms, spheres, pyramids, and cylinders.

Statistics: What Are the Odds?

Statistics will help you excel on the math, social studies, and science parts of the GED® test. In this lesson, you'll learn about permutations and combinations as well as measures of central tendency and probability. The lesson may not help you win the lottery, but it will prepare you for questions related to statistics!

Word Problems

Lesson 11 gives you a chance to put many of your new math skills to work. You'll use proportions, functions, charts, and your algebra skills to solve word problems that may have stumped you in the past.

Graphs and Testing Tips

Lesson 12 looks at graphs that you're likely to encounter on the GED® math, science, and social studies modules. You'll also give you test-taking tips and tell you how to register for and schedule your GED® test.



Barbara Rolston holds a master's degree. Since 1975, she has been taught GED preparatory classes in a variety of settings, including adult schools, community colleges, and large corporations. She also was responsible for administering the GED exam in a correctional facility for two years.

 

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