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Mathematical reasoning

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Mathematical Reasoning

 (115 minutes)
Part 1 - (first 5 test questions) calculator not allowed
Part 2 - (remaining 41 test questions) calculator allowed


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

The GED® Mathematical Reasoning Test adheres to the following parameters:

  • Approximately 45 percent of the content in the test focuses on quantitative problem solving, and approximately 55 percent focuses on algebraic problem solving.  
  • Approximately 50 percent of the items are written to a Depth of Knowledge cognitive complexity level of 2.
  • Approximately 30 percent of the items are aligned to a Mathematical Practice standard in addition to a content indicator. 
  • Candidates are provided with an on-screen calculator, the Texas Instruments TI-30XS Multiview scientific calculator, for use on most of the items on the 2014 GED® Mathematics Test.

As of Friday, February 21, 2014, the standard time allowance on the GED® test - Mathematical Reasoning was increased by 25 minutes.

  • The time allowance for GED Ready™ - Mathematical Reasoning was also increased by 13 minutes.
  • Students who took either of these tests before February 21 received an email from GED Testing Service with instructions for receiving a free retake.


Here is a sample question of what you may see:





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