Thursday, April 20, 2006

GED Math: What do I need to know?

GED Math Help: The GED math test is two parts. Part one is 45 minutes with 25 questions, and you can use a calculator. Part two is 45 minutes with 25 questions, and you can NOT use a calculator.

Check with your GED testing center regarding the type of calculator. In Wisconsin, we are required to use a fx-260.

The make-up of the test is as follows:

25% number operations & number sense
25% measurement & geometry
25% data analysis, statistics, and probability
25% algebra, functions, and patterns

The top 50 GED math skills are >>>

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Learningtrends GED Online Results

Have you taken the free Pre-GED math assessment that Learningtrends offers? It is a wonderful resource to determine where your math skills are. It also may guide you to a math book for review of your basic math skills.

Perhaps you are wondering how to access your results on-line. Good news! Immediately after taking your assessment, your score is shown to you. It also identifies the correct answer, if you got it wrong. With a little analyzing, you will discover which math areas you need to review.

Learningtrends will also send you an email with your results along with book suggestions. I would encourage you to visit our GED bookstore.

Keep in mind that this is only an assessment for Pre-GED math skills. Learningtrends is currently working on an assessment that will help determine your GED math skills.

Monday, April 17, 2006

How long does it take to prepare for your GED?

The length of time it takes to prepare for the GED tests vary from one person to the next. I have had some students take as little as 3 months to complete taking all 5 tests. These are students who have a pretty high reading level. Others, whose reading/math/writing levels are low may take as long as a year or more. Another factor is how much time a person can devote to studying. The more you study, the quicker you will complete.

Having good GED books is also a huge benefit! Purchase one book which contains all 5 GED areas, or purchase individual books for GED math, GED writing, GED science, GED reading, and GED social studies.

Check with your state to see if you can take one test at a time (my recommendation) or if you must take all 5 tests at once.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Basic Math Facts

Learning the basic facts of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division are an important part of any math foundation. I am a firm believer that every student, whether a child or adult, needs to know their basic facts, without using their fingers, a chart, or a calculator. Having a solid foundation and a firm understanding in this area will better equip a student for learning fractions, decimals, percents, algebra, geometry, etc. If a student does not knows their math facts, they will struggle in math all the way through school.

When learning or reviewing these facts, use a variety of methods and resources. Flashcards are cheap or free. Usborne makes a great Learning Wrap-up that allows hands on learning and self correcting. Steck Vaughn has a wonderful Number Power book. Learningtrends has free worksheets that can be used for reinforcement. Also check out Learningtrends free Quia interactive math activities.