Overview of the GED Math Exam

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States have different eligibility requirements for the GED. Generally, you must not have completed high school and must meet the minimum age requirement, which is 18. Most states offer exceptions for underage test takers; they are allowed to take the tests starting at age 16 if they provide different waivers or documents signed by school district officials and parents or guardians. Some states require you to be a state resident, but many do not. You can check the requirements of your state on the GED website, GED.com.

What Score Do I Need to Pass the GED Test?

To pass the GED test, you need to score at least 145 on each of the four test sections for a total score of at least 580. If you earn 175-200 points, you can receive college credit. If you score below 145 on any section, you can usually retake that part of the test two times without any waiting period. If you need to take a test section a third time, you will have to wait 60 days. There is no limit on the number of times you can test within a calendar year.

What’s on the GED?

The GED Math test is a two hour test that covers a variety of topics. The test is taken on computer and it is offered in English and Spanish.

  • The Mathematical Reasoning test measures your ability to solve quantitative and algebraic problems. Questions on the 115-minute test include real-world problems with ratios, proportions and percentages, operations with rational numbers, factoring polynomials, linear inequalities and geometry problems involving surface area and volume. You can use a calculator and a formula sheet for most of the questions on the test.

Where Can I Take the GED Test?

You must complete the GED test in person at an approved testing center. The test can now be taken online. Tests are usually offered at colleges, universities, public schools, community education centers and workforce program offices. To locate a testing center, you can contact your state department of education or an adult education center. You can also find local testing centers on GED.com

How Can I Prepare to Take the GED Test?

If you feel that you would benefit from in-class training, GED test preparation classes are typically offered in every state. You can usually find GED prep classes through your state’s adult education center or the National Literacy Directory. There is also an Adult Education Program locator tool on GED.com.

You may also prepare for the test by:

  • Complete an official practice exams offered on GED.com
  • Obtain Study Plan from GED Math in 30 Days which comes with your purchase
  • Read and Complete all exercises in the GED Math in 30 Days eBook
  • Watching GED Math in 30 Days YouTube Channel
  • Complete practice exercises in our FREE RESOURCES section

Why Take the GED?

The GED provides you with a path to further education and better employment opportunities. Research shows that about 98 percent of colleges accept the GED as part of their application process.