In This Chapter
Identifying the skills you need for the Math test
Getting a handle on the test format
Preparing for the test using a few tried-and-true strategies
Welcome to the dreaded Mathematical Reasoning test (or Math test for short). Although you may have done everything to avoid math in high school, you can’t escape this test if you want to pass the GED. To tell you the truth, test-takers really do have nightmares about this test, but don’t worry! This chapter helps you prepare, not for having nightmares, but for taking the test successfully.
Most of the questions on the other GED test sections are about reading comprehension: You’re given a passage and are expected to understand it well enough to correctly answer the questions that follow. Although you can prepare for the other tests by doing a lot of reading and taking sample tests, you don’t have to come in with a lot of knowledge or great skills in the test areas themselves.
The Mathematical Reasoning test is different. It tests your understanding of mathematical concepts and your ability to apply them to situations you may find in the real world. That ...