GED Mathematical Reasoning

The GED® Mathematical Reasoning Test focuses on two major content areas: quantitative problem solving and algebraic problem solving.

The GED® Mathematical Reasoning Test focuses on the fundamentals of mathematics in these two areas, striking a balance of deeper conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and the ability to apply these fundamentals in realistic situations. A variety of item types are used in the test, including multiple-choice, drag-and-drop, hot spot, and fill-in-the-blank.

  • Approximately 45% of the content in the test focuses on quantitative problem solving, and approximately 55% focuses on algebraic problem solving.
  • The contexts within which problem solving skills are measured were taken from both academic and workforce contexts.

In addition to the content-based indicators, the GED® mathematics test also focuses on reasoning skills, as embodied by the GED® Mathematical Practices.

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