
Sample GED Mathematics Test
GED Sample Test Questions
Mathematics
The
Mathematics Test is divided into two equally weighted parts, each
containing 25 questions. On Part I of the test, you may use the Casio
fx260 calculator to compute answers. A calculator will be provided
for your use at the official GED Testing Center. Because estimation and
mental math are critical skills, you are not permitted to use the
calculator on Part II of the test. A math formulas page is provided for
your reference during the test.
The Mathematics Test assesses your understanding of
mathematical concepts and the application of those concepts to various
realworld situations. The following four major areas are tested on the
Mathematics Test:
 Number operations and number sense (20%–30%)
 Measurement and geometry (20%–30%)
 Data analysis, statistics, and probability (20%–30%)
 Algebra, functions, and patterns (20%–30%)
AlternateFormat Questions
Although 80% of the mathematics questions are multiple choice, 20% of
the questions require you to construct your own answer. Rather than
select from five choices, you must record answers on either standard or
coordinate plane grids. Both Parts I and II of the Mathematics Test
have multiplechoice, standard grid, and coordinate plane grid
questions. Please review the directions for standard grid and coordinate
plane grid.
SAMPLE QUESTIONS
Directions: Choose the one best answer to each
question.

1. 
A
painter mixes gallons of paint in a large cylindrical bucket so
that there will be no difference in color among individual
gallons. 


If one gallon of paint has a volume of
approximately 8000 cm^{3}, what is the maximum number of
whole gallons of paint that can be poured into the bucket? 



1. 
3 

2. 
7 

3. 
9 

4. 
11 

5. 
37 





2. 
A surveyor made the measurements shown in the
diagram below.



What is the measure, in feet, of AB, the
straightline distance across the stream?




1. 
50 

2. 
75 

3. 
80 

4. 
100 

5. 
150 





3. 
Shane is working with a spreadsheet on his
computer. The spreadsheet will calculate the cost of the wood
trim around rectangular windows based on the dimensions of the
window and the price of the wood. The following entries have
been made.
Shane wants to enter a formula in the last column so that the
spreadsheet will calculate the final cost of the job. Which of
the following formulas should he enter? 



1. 
A7 x B7 x C7 

2. 
(2 x A7 + 2 x B7) x C7 

3. 
A7 + B7 + C7 

4. 
(A7 + B7) x C7 

5. 
A7 x B7 + C7 





Note: The following question is a specific example of
questions likely to be found on the Mathematics Test, Part
I, which allows the use of a calculator.


4. 
Last month, the balance in Tisha's checkbook was
$1219.17. Since then she has deposited her latest paycheck of
$2425.66 and written checks for $850.00 (rent), $235.89 (car
payment), and $418.37 (credit card payment). What is the
current balance in Tisha's checking account?




1. 
$921.40 

2. 
$2140.57 

3. 
$3215.27 

4. 
$3929.92 

5. 
$5149.09 





5. 
Byron purchased a $5000 certificate of deposit
(CD) at his local bank. The CD will pay him 7% simple interest
at the end of 2 years.
How much INTEREST, in dollars, will Byron have earned
from his CD at the end of the 2year period?
Select which of the following alternateformat answers is
correct.









6. 
One ingredient in the sauce Kyle is preparing
for tonight's dinner is half a teaspoon of red pepper. If the
recipe he is using is designed to make enough sauce for 8
servings, but Kyle is only making 4 servings, what fraction of a
teaspoon of red pepper should he use? Select which of the
following alternateformat answers is correct.










Note: In the last two responses, a decimal
answer and a fraction were gridded. Mixed numbers such as 3 1/2
cannot be gridded. They must be changed to a decimal or fraction
form. In the case of 3 1/2, the answer could be gridded as 3.5
or as 7/2. The answer for an alternateformat question
using the standard grid shown in the previous two examples will
NEVER be a negative number, such as –8, since the grid does not
accommodate negative numbers.
Both of the points mentioned above are included in the
directions for alternateformat questions found in the actual
GED Tests. 




7. 
Show the location of a point whose coordinates
are (3, 4) by using the below coordinate plane grid to get your
answer. 






Answers to these sample questions are available on the
Answers page. 