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Sample GED Mathematics Test

GED Sample Test Questions

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 fx-260 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 real-world 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%)


Alternate-Format 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 multiple-choice, standard grid, and coordinate plane grid questions. Please review the directions for standard grid and coordinate plane grid.


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 cm3, 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 straight-line 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 2-year period?

Select which of the following alternate-format answers is correct.

  1. A
  2. B
  3. C
  4. D
  5. E

  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 alternate-format answers is correct.

  1. A
  2. B
  3. C
  4. D
  5. E

 B  C
    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 alternate-format 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 alternate-format 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.

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